The Cranston West Prayer Banner: Looking For a New Home

After a year long battle at Cranston West, the prayer banner is coming down. Both sides of the fight surprisingly agree on one thing:

“I think the students at Cranston West whether you were for or against the banner want to move on,” said Peter Nero, Superintendent of Cranston schools.

“This case is closed for us and settled,” said Hillary David, of the Rhode Island ACLU.

The Cranston School Committee voted Thursday night, five to two, not to appeal the Federal Court's decision ordering the banner's removal. But the new issue is what to do with the banner after it's been removed. It's been hanging inside the auditorium for nearly half a century.

“Removing it wont be easy. We had to look at this and be practical here, and say 'Okay, if they remove it, what would it take?'” explained Nero.

The challenge is getting it down in one piece. The banner weighs in at nearly 400 pounds, stands 7 feet tall, and it is 12 feet wide. It's also pasted to the wall.

“The issue is, do we move it to the entirety? Which I think we can do. We have some experts that came in to tell us how to do it and we think we can do it,” Nero told ABC6.

Nero says they have a little more than a week to get it down. But where the banner will go remains a mystery.

“We have rumors that churches are interested in it. Maybe the Cranston Historical Society is interested in having it. We can't display it here in the district anywhere, and neither can City Hall. So, it will be interesting to see where it goes from there.”

One place we do know where it wont be going is to David Bradley. He's man who wrote the prayer. Bradley says it should go to the class of 1963, who had the banner made in the first place. No matter where it goes, it will cost the school about one-thousand dollars to remove it.