Commandments Monument Begins National Tour

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's Ten Commandments monument is on tour and made its first stop in the Tennessee town where teaching evolution was put on trial almost 80 years ago.

Moore lost his job as Alabama's chief justice for defying a federal court order to remove the monument from the judicial building lobby in Montgomery.

About 75 people turned out Saturday in Dayton, Tennessee, to see the 53-hundred pound granite monument displayed on a flatbed truck outside the Rhea County courthouse. It's the same courthouse where the Scopes Monkey Trial was held in 1925.

The monument was taken to a high school stadium for a rally that attracted about 75 people, and then to nearby Dunlap. Stops are planned in the coming week in Tennessee and the tour is then going to Mississippi.

Organizer Jim Cabaniss says it will be taken to Washington on October 22nd for an America For Jesus rally.

Alabama Associated Press