Ten Commandments find place in 'Heart' of Lincoln County

April 01, 2004|EMILY BURTON

Harold Baker laughs when he says that, in his youth, he had a serious 'drug' problem.

"I was drug to church, drug to school, drug to the woodshed" he says, a grin peeking from under his straw hat. As he puts it, "more kids need this 'drug' problem today."

It was that church upbringing, he admits, that led him to take on his latest monumental task. Or rather, monument undertaking.

Baker waits today for his slab of Himalayan granite to be engraved into a monument of the Ten Commandments. The tablet will be erected on his property on April 10 amid Bluegrass fanfare and festivities, and will be dedicated to citizens across the nation.


"This will stand for kids to see for generations. This will be something for them to drive by," Baker explains.

But Baker's granite is not just for posterity's sake. The Ten Commandments tablet arches and formidable size will be a strong record of history, he says.

"It's a historical document, and I think it gives the world a guideline to live by," he says. Soldiers died for this country and the flag, and what both stand for. The Ten Commandments are an integral part of who we are as a country, Baker says.

"It's a historical/spiritual thing, but it's also moral law. It's for the sinners, Christians, any race."

Heart-shaped island will be monument's home

The weighty words of God are to be nestled in Martha's Heart, the heart-shaped island in the Bakers' matching pond in the yard of their Lincoln County home.

Baker built the pond and island as an anniversary present to his wife, and it has since caught plenty of looks - and one car.

Last year, a driver lost control of her car on U.S. 27 and slid into the pond. She swam from the icy wreck to the safety of Martha's Heart, where the Bakers rowed out to retrieve her.

The island and 20-foot fountain were not damaged in the accident, but it was recently spruced up for the new attraction. Baker tells neighbors he has performed a triple bypass on Martha's Heart to prepare the island for the heavy tablet.

The Heart will be a soft spot for a rocky subject. The controversial removal of the Commandments from an Alabama courthouse, and subsequent removal of Judge Roy Moore, was the motivation for Baker's project, he says.

"We've got a handful of people changing this country. I think it's time for God-fearing people to stand up. True Americans should stand up."

Tablet at Stanford Monument Works

Baker's stance in support of the public display of the Ten Commandments has already cast him in the local spotlight. Wednesday, as the tablet lay in wait at Stanford Monument Works, Baker gave interviews to reporters from several local news stations and newspapers. It is not a light he feels comfortable under.

"I really don't enjoy it, but I have to stand up," he said.

Those working with the tablet agree it will gather notice on display near U.S. 27, one of the busiest roads in the county.

"It's interesting work, very challenging, but as long as you know what you're doing, and do everything by the book, you'll end up with a nice finished project," says Eddy DeMarcus, manager of Stanford Granite Works and owner of Boyle Monument Company.

"It's definitely a very big challenge to have to work with a monument this size, but definitely rewarding because so many people are going to see this."

One particular observer will be on hand to make the unveiling special, says Baker.

Mary Belle Baker, the woman partially responsible for her son's 'drugged' youth, will be attending the ceremony to see with her own eyes what she can scarcely imagine, says Baker. "She couldn't believe it. She was tickled."

His mother's lessons on God firmly instilled, Baker says he hopes his monument can help pass that faith and good upbringing through the younger generations.

Even if they have yet to experience the benefit of Sunday morning draggings.

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