Murals meant to spread love, honor Black women vandalized in Arkansas


Recently, two Arkansas artists have had their murals defaced. Their works of art, which were meant to spread love and honor Black women, were ruined when someone made a mess of them with paint, and in one instance made a reference to white supremacy.

Adaja Cooper painted her first mural alongside several others on 7th Street in Little Rock. It took her more than 12 hours over the course of two days, but when she was finished, she was in awe.

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So excited to announce that I finished my first EVER mural titled "Aint I A Woman?" 🥳🤎 I'm so grateful for this opportunity🙏🏾🧡 It took about 14 hours from beginning to end, and was inspired by another one of my paintings, "Day 13". Hope yall like it, feel free to check it out and take pics with it! Its located on 7th street, near White Water Tavern 🤎 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #prememagazine #oilpainting #painting #mixedmedia #blackart #blackart365 #blackartists #blackqueenheaven #art_spotlight #artoftheday #artofinstagram #fineartpainting #art_spotlight #arthoe #painting🎨 #paintingoftheday #originalpainting #contemporarypainting #supportblackart #supportblackartists #supportlocalartists #blackartistspace #blackartspace #youngblackartists @blackartsvision #betair @bet #africadopedaily #blavity #emergingonyx @blackgirlartshow @shelovesblackart @blackart365

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“I just stood back across the street and looked at it like, ‘Wow! I did that,’” she told KATV.

But then for seemingly no reason her mural, “Aint I a Woman?”, was doused in black paint.

“I have absolutely no idea why someone would go to this extent to silence a piece of art. Especially something that’s trying to uplift the community.”

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It hasn't even been a week, and someone destroyed the mural. 😞 The next one will be better than the 1st ✊🏾🤎

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Another local artist saw the vandalism and scrapped the black paint off, allowing Cooper to fix her work with just a few touch-ups.

Sadly, just a few days later, Cooper’s mural was vandalized again. This time white paint was splattered all over her art.

The act of vandalism comes after another mural promoting love was defaced in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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The wall was originally tagged with “white pride”, so I covered it with “Love Unites Us”. Last night someone vandalized my mural and then added the phrase “14 words” in huge letters on the side of the building. 14 words is a reference to this quote popular in white supremacist circles “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." The slogan was coined by David Lane, a member of the white supremacist terrorist group known as The Order. I’ll be repainting this sign, and will work up a design to cover the other side of the building, too. If you would like to contribute to materials for yet another mural to cover, Venmo and cashapp are in my bio.

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Olivia Trimble, who has been covering up hate speech with murals since 2016, discovered one of her murals had recently been vandalized.

In late July, Trimble came across a photo of racist graffiti on the side of a building. It said “white pride!”

“Racism is not acceptable and especially spray-painted down the side of a building,” she told 4029 News.

Trimble came up with a design and painted a new sign.

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Last week, this wall was tagged with the hateful words “white pride”. With the incredible support of the community, I was able to paint a message that shows what we are all about here in Fayetteville, Arkansas. #repainthate

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She too recently discovered that her mural had been vandalized. Someone painted over sign to change its meaning.

According to 4029 News, police discovered a white supremacist slogan pained on the side of the building as well. They are currently investigating, in addition to providing surveillance, while the owner of the building is working on securing permanent security cameras.

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We’re out here this morning working to repair the mural. I’ll do this side first, and may take a week to work through the design and start on the ambitious plan that I have for the East and west side of the building. Those are the sides where all of you sweethearts that have offered to paint could lend a hand. I’ll update about that later. I did not ask for it, but FPD has parked their mobile surveillance unit here while we work on permanent cameras. The property owner is taking the lead on that situation. Things have been mostly pleasant, with the exception of the woman in the blue Equinox with Qanon lingo on her windows that screamed “fuck you liberals” as she drove by. Nice.

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“The person or group that is doing this, they are making a pretty good case for the fact that we have a lot of work to do here. And for my reasons in wanting to cover up this hate speech.”

I hope whoever is responsible for damaging these murals is caught and held accountable.

These works of art are meant to honor Black women and spread love, not promote a racist ideology.

Share this if you want to see the people responsible for the vandalism caught and held accountable.

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