The mural, approved by the Indianapolis County City Council in July, is painted with the names and photos of Black Americans killed by police like Michael Taylor, Dreasjon Reed and Breonna Taylor. Other themes, such as the importance of voting and Black pride, were also painted.
But on Sunday morning, the community woke up to see that each letter had been vandalized with white and gray ink splatters.
“It’s just awful,” said Rebecca Robinson, the artist who painted “L” on “Black” in a live Facebook video as she showed off the protected mural. “It̵
7;s just so frustrating because everyone has worked so hard.”
The Metropolitan Police Department in Indianapolis told CNN WRTV affiliate that it was investigating the vandalism, but gave no further details. The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Indy10 Black Lives Matter, one of the groups that helped organize the murals, said the incident did not diminish his fight for Black life.
“Just as our parents, elders and ancestors continued among the burning crosses in their front lawns, so will we,” the group said in a Facebook post Sunday. “You can not stop the revolution. We are still here. It is growing in all of us. Paints cannot stop it.”
When asked for further comment, the group referred to CNN in its Facebook statement.
Murals supporting the social justice movement have grown across the U.S. since widespread protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
The Indianapolis mural, located on Avenuea in Indiana, is just the latest display of vandalized Black Lives Mat art.
The mural outside the Trump Tower in central Manhattan has been vandalized at least four times since it was erected in early July. Other Black Life Vehicle murals in Washington, Vermont, California were also vandalized.