When I was out in Oklahoma City last week I stopped by the state capitol grounds to do a little library work (for a piece on the lawsuits in the wake of the Tulsa riot) and to take some pictures, of course. I particularly wanted the Jim Thorpe State Office Building and also a couple of the oil derricks. I remember -- gosh I guess this is about 20 twenty years ago now -- driving by the capitol when I was interviewing for a job at OCU and seeing an oil derrick. That really stuck with me. When I got back to Boston I mentioned it to some colleagues and one of them said he thought among other virtues of working in Oklahoma there was probably some great work on the legal history of that state. Of course he was correct, though his suggestion was on the fictional literature around the Great Depression and things like the Green Corn Rebellion. Maybe one of these days I'll be able to take up those apt suggestions for research.
As I was walking back to my car I saw a fairly small monument in a pretty out-of-the-way place (not near any entrance that's in use). And what do you know? It's a ten commandments monument. There's no date on when it was placed there, which I thought was odd. But now I realize that it was put up real recently. It's also being challenged by the ACLU.