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Franklinton Black Lives Matter mural defaced

Franklinton Black Lives Matter mural defaced

Jack McLaughlin

A Black Lives Matter memorial mural in Franklinton was vandalized over the weekend, leaving a local nonprofit to deal with the aftermath.

According to a statement posted to the social media accounts of the Franklinton Arts District, multiple murals on the exterior of The Vanderelli Room and Chromedge Studios were defaced on Friday night.

Both art galleries, The Vanderelli Room is located at 218 McDowell St., and Chromedge Studios is located at 289 W. Walnut St.

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While multiple pieces of art were damaged, the majority of the vandalism l was directed at “Stolen Joy,” a Black Lives Matter mural dedicated to 45 individuals who lost their lives.

The mural was graffitied in several areas, mostly with white spray paint. A mural on the exterior of the Vanderelli Room depicting faces of Black individuals who have lost their live had many of these faces covered with white spray paint.

“We are sickened and angered by this hateful act,” the Franklin Arts District’s statement reads. “If you know anything in connection to this this crime, please contact us immediately.”

The Arts District has established a GoFundMe page to cover the costs of restoring the mural, which have been estimated at $50,000.

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