Last year, an Ohio school board voted to remove a painting of Jesus Christ that had been hanging in a high school for decades.
The painting had hung inside the main office at John Glenn High School since 1971 in memory of former teacher Margaret Barnett.
The incident began when Allison Whaley, a senior at the time, was reportedly frustrated by the school’s removing an art class project that included a T-shirt with the words “Gay is Okay.”
As reported by the Columbus Dispatch, Whaley responded by asking the school to remove the painting of Jesus Christ; the ACLU threatened a lawsuit over the situation.
The painting was removed, and is now on display at a local church.
In response, residents raised money to come up with a symbol that could replace the painting.
The fruit of their efforts became apparent last week: a new sign was installed atop a white column on the property of Terry and Cathy Hodgson, a couple who lives within view of the school and who had been involved in the plans to find a solution to the removal.
The sign reads “The Lord is my Shepherd” and says “Psalm 23” on its side. The sign features the same image that the initial painting had also depicted: Jesus surrounded by lambs.
The sign also has an internal light that illuminates the Christian message to make it even easier to view.
Residents’ initial plan had been to build a 6-foot statue of Jesus near the entrance of the school. They later adjusted their plans for a cheaper option.
The total cost of the sign was $6,000; more than two dozen donors, including local churches, contributed to the funds.
The sign will be dedicated on October 28 during a prayer ceremony.