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‘The Hand Pointing to Heaven’ back atop Mississippi church

August 16, 2017 GMT
Michael Herrin, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, poses near "The Hand Pointing to Heaven," a gilded figure that sits on top the the church's steeple in Port Gibson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The hand, which was replated in Virginia with German gold leaf, is a well known site in the small community, and along with the church, make for a popular stop for tourists on their way to neighboring Natchez. Herrin says the community has been waiting anxiously for the return and remounting of figure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Michael Herrin, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, poses near "The Hand Pointing to Heaven," a gilded figure that sits on top the the church's steeple in Port Gibson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The hand, which was replated in Virginia with German gold leaf, is a well known site in the small community, and along with the church, make for a popular stop for tourists on their way to neighboring Natchez. Herrin says the community has been waiting anxiously for the return and remounting of figure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Michael Herrin, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, poses near "The Hand Pointing to Heaven," a gilded figure that sits on top the the church's steeple in Port Gibson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The hand, which was replated in Virginia with German gold leaf, is a well known site in the small community, and along with the church, make for a popular stop for tourists on their way to neighboring Natchez. Herrin says the community has been waiting anxiously for the return and remounting of figure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi church steeple once again has a golden hand pointing toward heaven.

A crew used cranes Wednesday to hoist a large figure of a hand back to the top of First Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson.

“The Hand Pointing To Heaven” is 10 feet, 4 inches (3.1 meters) tall with its index finger extended skyward.

It has been a landmark for more than a century in the small town near the Mississippi River. The hand was removed in June and sent to Virginia to get a fresh layer of gold leaf.

About 100 people watched as it was put back in place.

The hand was last taken down for repairs in 1989 and returned in 1990.