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Mason County township to sell Marquette cross after complaints

By The Associated Press • Apr 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM

PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — A northern Michigan township has agreed to sell land where a large cross honors a famous Catholic missionary.

Pere Marquette Township in Mason County lately has been criticized for spending public money on a religious symbol, a 40-foot memorial cross built in 1955 near Lake Michigan.

The township and the memorial are named for Jacques Marquette, a 17th-century missionary who explored the Great Lakes.

The Township Board agreed Tuesday to sell the property to a local group for $800, rejecting a $2,000 bid from the Freedom from Religion Foundation in Wisconsin.

Attorney Ed White told WPBN-TV that the Pere Marquette Memorial Association will maintain the site with its own money.

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