GALLERY: Easter tradition causes controversy in Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. — An Easter tradition created controversy in Jackson on Friday.

Friday morning, people started noticing what looked like someone hanging from a tree on the property of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, off the Highway 45 Bypass.

According to one church member, it was a mannequin of Judas hanging by a rope.

In the Bible, days leading up to when Jesus was crucified, Judas Iscariot hung himself after betraying Jesus.

Church member Alex Moncada said this display is part of their stations of the cross and traditional.

“About Judas, what we we’re doing is a tradition in the Hispanic community here in Jackson to do the live stations,” Moncada said.

The mannequin of Judas has since been taken down.

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