Footprints in the Sand memorial.

14-Foot-Tall Carry-Me Jesus

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Carthage, Texas

Sculptor Bob Harness was at a funeral in 2008 when, on the back of the church program, he saw the poem "Footprints in the Sand." It describes a walk along the beach with Jesus, who occasionally carries the narrator. The story is nowhere to be found in the Bible (it was written in the 1930s), but Harness liked it and wished he could sculpt it.

Word got around town, money and volunteer labor poured in, and six years later the Footprints in the Sand memorial park was dedicated on August 19, 2014. Bronze Jesus stands 14 feet tall atop a five-foot pedestal; big footprints lead from the parking lot to the statue. The old man being carried by Jesus seems surprisingly modern, and he is; he's Willie George, who gave Harness $25,000 to kickstart the project.

14-Foot-Tall Carry-Me Jesus

Dixie Lake Rd, Carthage, TX
Southwest edge of the city. Take the beltway until it turns from US Hwy 79 into Hwy 149. Continue on Hwy 149 to its intersection with Dixie Lake Rd. Turn south. You'll see the statue on the right.
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