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Join the discussion: As Oklahoma races to set execution dates, a pastor holds a quiet — but lurid — protest

The Rev. Bo Ireland erected 25 wooden crosses in front of his Oklahoma City church to protest the state's plan to execute 25 death row prisoners before the end of 2024.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY — On a parched stretch of highway, across from a loan agency and a car wash, 25 wooden crosses stood alongside four lanes of traffic.

Twenty four of them were white. The 25th was splattered blood red, paint obscuring the name that had been written on it a few days before: James Coddington, a death-row inmate executed by the state of Oklahoma on August 25th.

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Annalisa Quinn can be reached at annalisa.quinn@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @annalisa_quinn.