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F.O.E. Ten Commandment Monuments in Kentucky (1)

Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Hopkinsville Aerie No. 3423
Screenshot: Google Maps street view October 2013

Donated by FOE: 1971

Current Location: Hopkinsville Aerie No. 3423, 2600 Fort Campbell Blvd., 215 miles from Frankfort.

Original Location: Kentucky State Capitol Building, Frankfort, Kentucky. The monument was put in storage in 1984 to make room for construction on the Capitol grounds.

Scroll: “Presented To / The Commonwealth of Kentucky / By / Kentucky State Aerie / Fraternal Order Of Eagles” (actual wording may be different).

Litigation: When the Kentucky legislature voted in 2000 to return the monument to the Capitol, the ACLU filed a lawsuit to permanently enjoin the state from displaying the Frankfurt Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld the district court’s decision declaring Section 8 of the Kentucky Senate Resolution No. 57 unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and affirmed its decision to permanently enjoin the defendant Commissioner of the Department for Facilities Management from complying with Section 8. Adland v. Russ, 307 F.3d 471, 490 (6th Cir.,Oct. 9, 2002).

Comment: The Kentucky State Aerie recovered the Frankfort Ten Commandments monument from a state storage facility and at the 2004 State Convention decided to offer it to a local aerie that was interested in displaying it for all to see. Three aeries showed interest. The brothers and sisters of Hopkinsville Aerie 3423 gladly took up the task and have displayed this monument for over ten years. (Source: Gregory Bowling, April 2021.)