'White Lives Matter' sprayed on Arthur Ashe memorial
RICHMOND, VA. (AP) - A statue of the African American tennis legend Arthur Ashe on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, was destroyed with the words "White Lives Matter".
Photos show the base of the monument marked with white spray paint and the words "white living matter" and the initials "WLM". These initials were later painted over with "BLM".
Richmond police said they were made aware of the vandalism around 10:15 am on Wednesday. Police say the red paint on the statue itself has already been removed by community members.
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The police said they had information about possible suspects and asked the community to call them
if they have information about who is responsible for the vandalism.
The Arthur Ashe Memorial was inaugurated in 1996 to commemorate the Richmond natives and to balance the series of statues on Memorial Avenue dedicated to the Confederate leaders.
The vandalism of the Ashe statue is due to the fact that protests triggered by George Floyd's death in Minneapolis overturned, destroyed, and removed several Confederate statues in the city.
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