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Black Lives Matter Mural Vandalized

Cincinnati Police say someone vandalized Downtown's Black Lives Matter mural Tuesday night
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Cincinnati Police say someone vandalized Downtown's Black Lives Matter mural Tuesday night

Cincinnati police are looking into who vandalized the Black Lives Matter mural on Eighth and Ninth streets outside of City Hall. Police say someone poured red paint on the mural early Sunday morning. 

Police released surveillance video of what appears to be one person throwing paint on the mural. If you have any information about the incident, police ask that you call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040. 

Artists painted the mural about a month ago. Each letter of the mural was designed and painted by a Black artist and a team of assistants. The mural was paid for with private donations.

It came after a series of largely peaceful protests in the city over the deaths of Black men and women at the hands of police, and was the brain child of Alandes Powell, a former board chair of The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, who started a GoFundMe on June 15. In two days it raised more than $100,000 of its $150,000 goal.

The mural was completed Friday, June 19, also known as Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the ending of slavery in the United States.

A black artists applies the finishing touches to her work prior to the unveiling of the Black Lives Matter mural at City Hall, Friday, June 19, 2020, in Cincinnati.
Credit Jason Whitman / WVXU
An artist works on Cincinnati's Black Lives Matter mural, Friday, June 19, outside of City Hall.

That day, Powell called the mural a "bat signal."

"I think that's the only thing I can make everyone white and black connect with: Batman," she said. "You show a signal when you need help."  .

Correction: This story has been updated to correct when the mural was vandalized to early Sunday morning, not Tuesday night as previously stated by WVXU.

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In 2005, Maryanne Zeleznik came to 91.7 WVXU from WNKU where she served as News and Public Affairs Director for 20 years. At WVXU she is responsible for all news and public affairs programming, hosts Morning Edition Monday through Friday, fills in to host Cincinnati Edition when Michael Monks is off. As time allows she covers daily news, produces local features, and contributes news stories to National Public Radio.