‘Black Lives Matter’ sign outside Ann Arbor farm destroyed in less than 12 hours
ANN ARBOR TWP., MI – A large wooden sign outside a farm in the Ann Arbor area displaying support for Black Lives Matter was in place for less than 12 hours before vandals destroyed it and disappear into the night.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the reported vandalism around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at the Slow Farm on Whitmore Lake Road, just north of Ann Arbor, officials confirmed.
An artist who works on the certified organic U-pick farm recently competed with a large wooden sign – five feet by eight feet – painted with “Black Lives Matter,” farm owner Kim Bayer said.
The heavy sign was securely attached and posted Thursday afternoon just off the roadway on farm property, she said.
Later that night, a surveillance camera captured footage of two men in a truck stop along the road and attacked the heavy sign, weeping on it repeatedly until it broke in two. .
Bayer and staff were disheartened to see the sign destroyed with such nastiness even before it was in place for a day, she said.
“I think it’s important for people to say something, to do something for our black citizens who have been murdered, incarcerated and terrorized for years,” Bayer said. “To have this listing for less than a day and be destroyed by hate, I think it shows how deep the problem is and it has to stop.”
Bayer said she was contacted by a frequent visitor to the farm, which is in its fifth year of operation, who offered to help pay to repair the sign.
The incident is still under investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 734-994-2911 or the anonymous hotline at 734-973-7711.
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