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Durham’s Human Rights Commission has considered whether a tree in Memorial Park may be decorated for the holidays.

DURHAM — This may be the last year the town of Durham decorates a tree for the holidays on public land.

Durham’s Human Rights Commission has recommended ceasing the longtime tradition, with members saying it is associated with the Christian faith and Christmas celebrations, which may be exclusionary to some people who follow different faiths or are atheist.