Today is Good Friday and our contribution to the Holy day is this photo of crosses. These crosses are scattered throughout the southeast and most sets have been erected within a day's drive from Greensboro. We thought you might be interested in knowing about them as, likely, you have seen them somewhere in driving to and from our wonderful city!
The Reverend Bernard Coffindaffer of West Virginia began erecting the crosses in 1984. By the time of his death in 1993, 1,842 trios of crosses had been installed in 29 US states and in the Philippines. One hundred and six of them are in North Carolina. Coffindaffer spent over 3 million dollars on this project. Likely, if you live in Greensboro and travel this holiday season, you will see a set of these crosses along the side of the road.
Notice that the center cross is yellow and the other two, blue. Often, they are installed on heavily wooded mountaintops and we always wondered how on earth the Rev. Coffindaffer reached the upper ridges with them. One day, we saw this set near a gas station on US 19 in West Virginia and stopped to get a first hand look and to snap this photo. As you can see, the crosses are beginning to look worn and in need of a coat of paint. We wanted to share them on Skywatch Friday.