Elizabeth City Community Leaders Seeking Justice; they say the new BLM mural has been vandalized
Elizabeth City Councilor and artist speak out after saying someone vandalized a new BLM mural.
ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Elizabeth City community leaders are looking for a driver who they say intentionally left tire tracks directly on the city’s new Black Lives Matter mural.
“It’s really heartbreaking. It’s discouraging. I’m a little angry because we’ve worked really hard on this, ”said mural artist Jimmy Bones.
Bones and his team said it took them about six days to complete the Black Lives Matter mural on East Colonial Avenue. Bones said he unveiled the completed mural on Saturday and the next day saw the trail of tire marks through the letters.
“They are doing everything possible to continue and are leaving skid marks. This has happened to us twice, ”Bones said.
Now Elizabeth City Councilor Darius Horton is looking for the person driving a black truck. Horton posted photos of police surveillance cameras on his Facebook page.
“I was completely disgusted to learn that just a few hours after we dedicated it, an individual would try to vilify and degrade this, after the artist worked so hard to make it a reality,” said Horton.
Bones said the Black Lives Matter mural represents unity in the community. It is also a way of remembering his friend, Andrew Brown Junior. Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Deputies shot Brown in April.
“I believe he is the catalyst for the expanded Black Lives Matter movement in our community. He was a catalyst for our Board to want to have this Black Lives Matter mural, ”Bones said.
Community leaders also want to know who was driving this truck.
“We just hope … that law enforcement here finds the person who did this and that justice is served,” said Keith Rivers, chairman of the Pasquotank County NAACP Chapter.
Bones said tire brands and the other drivers who leave them won’t stop the change message through the Black Lives Matter movement.
“You will be filmed and you will not be able to break our morale by vandalizing the mural. “
Bones said it would take a few days to be able to repair the damage to the mural.
13News Now has also reached out to Elizabeth City Police to comment on the situation and await a response.