The 10 Commandments monument installed at the north entry on the Young County Courthouse Aug. 8. The marker was funded by more than 20 citizens  donations
The 10 Commandments monument installed at the north entry on the Young County Courthouse Aug. 8. The marker was funded by more than 20 citizens donations and was purchased by Morrison s Funeral Home who donated the statue s foundation (Brian Rash)

Friday Aug. 8, a six-and-a-half-foot tall statue depicting the 10 Commandments was installed on the north side of the Young County Courthouse in front of the building's main entrance. 

“I think it's very good,” Young County Commissioner Jimmy Wiley said. “I think it's a great asset that the citizens of Young County show people what we stand for as a county, a community and a city, and that is a great thing.”  

The statue, willed to existence by Wiley, was given its spot by county commissioners at their May 27 meeting and funded through more than 20 citizens' private donations. 

The statue was purchased by Allen Oliver of Morrison's Funeral Home from their monument provider in Eastland.

Oliver told the Graham Leader in a June 4 article that he became the impromptu administrator of the statue's fund after Wiley consulted with him on cost and how to obtain the monument. He estimated the statue cost around $4,000. 

Read the entire story in the weekend edition of the Graham Leader.