Community Members Rally To Keep Jesus Portrait

By
WOUB Staff Writer

Dateline
Updated Thu, Jan 10, 2013 11:07 am
Photo Credit: 
Jeremiah Shaver, Jackson County Times-Journal

A Southeast Ohio city is rallying around its school district after an out-of-state group demanded the superintendent remove a portrait of Jesus hanging in the middle school.

A Facebook group started Friday supporting Jackson City School District now has about 11,000 members.

The portrait has hung in the building since 1947 and was donated by a student group.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the superintendent a letter January 2 demanding the portrait be removed.

The superintendent has said he won't remove the portrait without an order from a judge or the school board.

A school board meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. is expected to draw a large crowd.

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