February 25, 2011
Long before the strict separation of church and state, public schools in Arkansas displayed many religious symbols. It was very common to see copies of the Ten Commandments prominently displayed, and school days opened with a daily prayer. In 1930, the state legislature passed a law requiring the reading of a daily Bible verse in the public schools. Shown here is a sheet listing the daily verses required to be read in Arkansas public schools in 1939.