The mural, approved by the Indianapolis City-District Council in July, features the names and images of black Americans killed by police such as Michael Taylor, Dreasjon Reed and Breonna Taylor. Other themes, such as the importance of voting and Black Pride, were also drawn.
But on Sunday morning, the community woke up to find each letter had been vandalized with patches of white and gray paint.
“It was awful,” said Rebecca Robinson, the artist who drew the letter “L” in “Black” in a live video on Facebook when she showed the mural was blacked out. “It̵
7;s disappointing because everyone has worked so hard.”
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told CNN’s 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 discourage the fight for black life.
“Just as our parents, elders and ancestors persistently burn crosses on their front lawn, so do we,” the group said in a Facebook post on Sunday. . “YOU cannot stop the revolution. We are still here. It is resurging in all of us. Son cannot prevent that.”
When asked for more comment, the team referred CNN to their statement on Facebook.
Murals in favor of the social justice movement have appeared across America since widespread protests caused by the death of George Floyd.
The Indianapolis mural, located on Indiana Avenue, is just the newest Black Lives Matter art gallery that has been vandalized.
The exterior mural of Trump Tower in downtown Manhattan has been vandalized at least four times since it was created in early July. Other murals of the Black Lives Matter in Washington, Vermont, California were also vandalized.