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Wall vandalized at MLK Memorial Gardens in Raleigh

Posted August 21

— A vandalized wall was discovered on Monday morning at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in Raleigh.

Around 9:30 a.m., crews began scrubbing away a message that was painted in white on the brick wall surrounding the gardens, at 1215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Crews said the message, which appeared to read, "Let his own words speak," seemed to promote King's legacy. Crews said three poster boards at the site also contained messages.

The statue and garden area at the park were not damaged.

Even though they support the message, nearby residents said they were upset a wall at the park had been vandalized.

"It's an unfortunate event to deface such an important figure's place," Adrian Powell said.

"I think it's wrong that they actually vandalized it," Felicia Watson said. It's just really ignorance. People are not really thinking."

For Donald Burnett, who said he remembers the day King was killed, the graffiti hurts.

"I knew what was going on in this world. I lived it," Burnett said. "(It's) very personal."

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said that, although the graffiti didn't appear to be racist, police were investigating the vandalism.

Anyone with information about the graffiti is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.


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  • Carrie Hurrelbrink Aug 22, 8:04 a.m.
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    Oh well! This was to be expected so get over it.

  • Teddy Fowler Aug 21, 6:22 p.m.
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    Damaging monuments is always wrong no matter what the stated cause is....

  • Cnc Stone Aug 21, 5:16 p.m.
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    If u r going to remove one monument remove them all !

  • Kathy Balestrieri Aug 21, 3:05 p.m.
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    People just won't LEAVE STUFF ALONE!

  • Tim Dunkin Aug 21, 1:20 p.m.
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    Well, when you clasm someone else's icon, you can expect that your icon will get clasmed eventually.

  • Albert Holmes Aug 21, 1:06 p.m.
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    Doing this is wrong ! It just shows that we are willing to stoop down to their level ! It doesn't solve anything !

  • Colin Burch III Aug 21, 10:43 a.m.
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    Would MLK be concerned about statues?
    “But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
    From ‘I have a dream’ speech 1963 Martin Luther King