Approved by Indianapolis City-County Council in July, the mural features the names and pictures of black Americans killed by police officers including 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 congregation woke up to find that every letter had been smeared with white and gray paint.
“It’s just horrible,” said Rebecca Robinson, the artist who painted the “L” in “black,” on a Facebook Live video as she showed off the illegible mural. “It̵
7;s just so disappointing because everyone has worked so hard.”
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told CNN subsidiary WRTV that it was investigating the vandalism, but did not provide any further details. The department did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Indy10 Black Lives Matter, one of the groups that helped organize the mural, said the incident did not dampen the struggle for blacks’ lives.
“Just as our parents, elders and ancestors insisted between burning crosses on their lawns, so will we,” the group said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “YOU can’t stop the revolution. We’re still here. It rises in all of us. Color can’t stop it.”
When asked for further comments, the group referred CNN to their statement on Facebook.
Since the widespread protests sparked by George Floyd’s death, murals supporting the social justice movement have surfaced in the United States.
The Indianapolis mural on Indiana Avenue is just the latest Black Lives Matter art exhibit to be destroyed.
The mural in front of Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan has been destroyed at least four times since it was created in early July. Other murals of Black Lives Matter in Washington, Vermont, California were also destroyed.