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The bloody corpus that shook up a small town in the 1880s

SALISBURY — Immigration, religious strife, boycotts, political machinations, and national press coverage all contributed to the Lakeville Crucifix controversy of last fall, according to Geoffrey Brown.

Oh, wait — make that the fall of 1882.

The elements of the story of how the installation of a 12-foot tall, realistic crucifix in front of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lakeville became a national news story have an unmistakably contemporary ring, Brown told a standing-room only audience at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 16.

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