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F.O.E. Ten Commandment Monuments in Indiana (16)

Anderson, Indiana
See Indianapolis, Indiana
History:The Indianapolis Ten Commandments monument was erected on the grounds of the Indiana State House in 1958 and removed in 2002. It was moved to the Anderson Aerie where is was later destroyed.



Columbus, Indiana
Columbus, Indiana
Bartholomew County Courthouse
Screenshot: Google Maps street view Sept. 2014
Columbus, Indiana
Columbus (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
Photo by Shannon (October 2013)
Availabe at https://www.flickr.com/photos/whenlostin/13352698933/

Year Donated by FOE: Unknown, but likely between 1955-1957 because of monument’s design in typical of Eagles monuments during this time period.

Location: The rear of Bartholomew County Courthouse, 234 Washington St. Can be seen from either 3rd Street or Jackson Street.

Scroll: “Presented / To Bartholomew County / By Eagles Lodge No. 741”

Comments: One of the few slight rounded or flat at the top (rather than twin tablets in appearance).

Also unuique is the Roman numeral numbering in the small twin tablets at the top. The first two Eagles-donated monuments in Chicago (1954) and Ambridge (1955) have Roman numerals I-III on the left side and IV-X on the right side – characteristic of the Catholic version of the Ten Commandments. The Columbus monument, however, is numbered I-V on the left side and VI-X on the right side.


Crawfordsville, Indiana
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Crawfordsville (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
Crawfordsville Aerie No. 1005
Screenshot: Google Maps street view September 2013

Donated by FOE: 1958

Current Location: Aerie No. 1005, 920 E. South Blvd. (Private property.) The Ten Commandments monument is in front of the shubbery to the left of the canopy that is in front of the building. (It about a quarter inch to the right of the rear left tire of the red car.) Appears as a very small light colored object.

Original Location: Montgomery County Courthouse. Removed 2001.

Scroll: “Presented / To Montgomery County / By Eagles Lodge No. 1005”

Comment: The monument is light colored and rectangular (flat at the top).

Litigation: Indiana Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in October 2001. The county commissioners voted three–to–zero to remove the monolith.



Crown Point, Indiana
Crown Point, Indiana
Old Lake County Courthouse, Crown Point, Indiana
Screenshot: Google Maps street view (Oct. 2016)
Crown Point, Indiana
Crown Point (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
Photo by Tim Putala available on Flickr
Donated by FOE: May 26, 1957

Location: Old Lake County Courthouse at the intersection of S. Main and W. Clark Streets.

Scroll: “Presented To / The People Of Lake County Ind. /By The Aeries & Auxiliaries Of The / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / May 26, 1957”

Version: This plaque contains the original Eagles version of the Ten Commandments most closely identifiable with the Catholic Church based on numbering (first three commandments religious, the remaining seven secular), no graven images commandment and two covet commandments.


Elkhart, Indiana
Elkhart, Indiana
Entrance to Elkhart’s River Walk
Screenshot: Google Maps street view Oct. 2011); monument on right side
Elkhart, Indiana
Elkhart (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
Entrance to Elkhart’s River Walk
Photo available at http://lowestravels.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/wpid28077-2014-07-24-in-1380195.jpg
Donated by FOE: May 1958

Current Location: At the entrance to Elkhart’s River Walk (N. Main St. and Pottawattomi Dr.). (On private property.)

Original Location: On the lawn of the City of Elkhart’s Municipal Building.

Scroll: “Presented To / The City Of Elkhart Ind. / Elkhart Aerie No. 395 / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / May 1958”

Litigation: In Books v. City of Elkhart, 235 F.3d 292 (7th Cir., Dec. 13, 2000), the Courty of Appeals reversed the district court's summary judgment for the City and held that Elkhardt’s display of the Ten Commandments monument violated the “purpose” and “effect” prongs of the Lemon test. The Supreme Court denied the City&rsdquo; petition for certiorari.


Evansville, Indiana
Evansville, Indiana
Evansville (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse
Screenshot: Google Maps street April 2012

Donated by FOE: 1955

Location: Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, facing the intersection of N.W. 5th Street (left side of picture) and Court Street (bottom).

Scroll: Unknown



Fort Wayne, Indiana
(Plaque)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Ten Commandments Plaque
Allen County Public Library
Photo available at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/347340189988850916/

Donated by FOE: 1969

Current Location: Missing

Original Location: Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza

Scroll: “To / The ... Library / Fort Wayne And Allen County / By / ... / ...”

Notes: The Fort Wayne Ten Commandments ia a “plaque”, not a monument. I contacted the library and they are not aware of what happened to the plaque. Apparently the plaque has been missing for many years. [The plaque is not counted in the monument totals for the state or overall.]



Indainapolis, Indiana

Photo Not Available


Donated by FOE: October 25, 1958

Status: Destroyed. “In March 2004, a ‘Jeep Cherokee filled with young white males’ drove into the original Ten Commandments monolith at the Anderson Aerie breaking it into twelve pieces rendering it useless.”

Previous Location: The Indianapolis monument was damaged and repaired, then moved to Anderson Aerie No. 174, 1315 Meridian St.

Original Location: Indiana State House. Removed from public property in 2002.

Scroll: Unknown

Story: “In March 2004, a ‘Jeep Cherokee filled with young white males’ drove into the original Ten Commandments monolith at the Anderson Aerie breaking it into twelve pieces rendering it useless.”




Lebanon (Boone County), Indiana
Lebanon, Indiana
Boone County Courthouse
Screenshot: Google maps street view September 2013
Lebanon, Indiana
Lebanon (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
Boone County Courthouse

Donated by FOE: August 17, 1957

Location: Boone County Courthouse, 212 Courthouse Square, at the corner of N. Meridian and N. Washington Streets.

Scroll: “Erected For Boone County / By Boone Aerie – – &ndash No. 2062 / Fraternal Order of Eagles”

Version: This plaque contains the original Eagles version of the Ten Commandments most closely identifiable with the Catholic Church based on numbering (first three commandments religious, the remaining seven secular), no graven images commandment and two covet commandments.

Notes: The only known FOE monolith made of concrete; rectangular (flat top); lacks embelishments at the top, sides (no four leaf clovers) and bottom corners; and the date “August 17, 1957” is below the scroll.


Mishawaka, Indiana
Mishawaka, Indiana
Mishawaka (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
First United Methodist Church
Screenshot: Google Maps street view October 2011

Donated by FOE: October 8, 1959

Current Location: Monolith moved to First United Methodist Church, 201 E. 3rd St.; Church St. side, in November 2002.

Original Location: Waukesha City Hall. City Hall was relocated in 1986 and the monument was moved to the new location. (Removed from City Hall in November 2002 as a result of the lawsuit.)

Scroll: Unknown

Litigation: Indiana Civil Liberties Union (ICLU) filed a lawsuit in November 2001.



Mount Vernon, Indiana
Mount Vernon, Indiana
Mount Vernon (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
Posey Aerie No. 1717
Screenshot: Google Maps street view April 2012

Donated by FOE: 1956

Current Location: Posey Aerie No. 1717, 109 W. Water St., took possession of the monument, restored and rededicated it – placing the monument on the aerie’s front lawn.

Original Location: Posey County Courthouse, 300 Main St. A vandal broke the monument into three pieces on March 2005.

Scroll: Unknown



Princeton, Indiana
Princeton, Indiana
Princeton (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
Gibson County Courthouse
Screenshot: Google Maps street view June 2012; monument surrounded on both sides by shrubbery

Donated by FOE: 1956

Current Location: Gibson County Courthouse lawn, Main & W. State Streets.

Scroll: Unknown



Richmond (#1), Indiana
Richmond, Indiana
Monument being placed against a boulder on the lawn
of the North 27 Worship Center
Photo by Dan Date
Richmond, Indiana
Richmond (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument (#1)
North 27 Worship Center
Photo by Dan Tate

Donated by FOE: 1958

Current Location: North 27 Worship Center at 5172 U.S. Highway 27 North outside Richmond, Indiana.

Original Location: Believed to be Fayette County Courthouse, Connersville, Indiana.

Scroll: Unknown

Story Dan Tate found the monument in 2009 in stone scrap area of a closed Wayne County monument company. The bottom dedication portion of the monument could not be found. The monument was moved to North 27 Worship Center



Richmond (#2), Indiana
Richmond, Indiana
Wayne Bank And Trust
Screenshot: Google Maps street view July 2015
Richmond, Indiana
Richmond (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument (#2)
Wayne County Courthouse (Original Location)

Donated by FOE: 1959

Current Location: Wayne Bank and Trust at 500 South A St. The monument is located in the rear at the corner of S. 6th and S. Service Streets.

Original Location: Wayne County Courthouse, S. 4th Street side. The monolith was removed from the courthouse on January 3, 2003 and moved to the Wayne Bank and Trust.

Scroll: “Presented To / The County Of Wayne / By / The Wayne Aerie No. 666 / Fraternal Order Of Eagles”

Litigation: : Indiana Civil Liberties Union (ICLU) filed a lawsuit in January 2002. The lawsuit was dismissed after Richmond agreed to move the monument.


Shelbyville, Indiana
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Shelbyville (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
(Old) MHP / Major Hospital
Screenshot: Google Maps street view July 2014

Donated by FOE: (???)

Current Location: (New) MHP / Major Hospital at 2455 Intelliplex Drive. The hopsital opened January 22, 2017. (The monument is believed to be outise the Oncology & Hematology wing. Confirmation pending / August 2017.)

Previous Location: (Old) MHP / Major Hospital at W. Washington Street near the intersection of N. West St.

Scroll: (Cannot be determined from the screenshot above)

Comment: Thank you Diane Himes for notifying the JM Center of the Shelbyville Ten Commandments monument. (August 2017)



South Bend, Indiana
South Bend, Indiana
South Bend (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
Behind the Morris Performing Arts Center
Screenshot: Google maps street view September 2011

Donated by FOE: September 1957

Current Location: In the rear of Morris Performing Arts Center, on N. Main St. between W. Lasalle and W. Colfax Avenues. (Believed to be on public land.)

Original Location: Public Works Building (which has since been torn down).

Scroll: “Presented To / ... / ... / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / September 1957”



Vincennes, Indiana
Vincennes, Indiana Knox County Courthouse
Screenshot: Google Maps street view July 2014
Vincennes, Indiana
Vincennes (Ind.) Ten Commandments Monument
Knox County Courthouse

Donated by FOE: 1958

Location: Knox County Courthouse, 111 N. 7th St. at the corner of Broadway St.

Scroll: “Presented To The City Of / Vincennes And The Citizens / Of Knox County Indiana / By The Fraternal Order Of Eagles / Aerie No. 384”

Notes: The year “1958” is below the scroll. On other Eagle monuments, the year is inside the scroll.

Vincennes did a complete do-over of the courthouse lawn, placing the Ten Commandments monument among veteran memorials.

Litigation: It cost Knox County thousands of dollars to defend a lawsuit filed by the Indiana Civil Liberties Union challenging a Ten Commandments monument on the courthouse lawn. The lawsuit was dropped after the two plaintiffs refused to disclose their names.