The stone bench is carved with quotes representative of atheist values and is believed to be the first atheist monument allowed on government property in the states.

"When you look at this monument, the first thing you will notice is that it has a function. Atheists are about the real and the physical, so we selected to place this monument in the form of a bench," said David Silverman, president of American Atheists.

The other intended purpose, however, was for the atheists to exercise their free speech rights — if Christians can have the Ten Commandments on government property, they could have a monument as well.