Phoenix African American museum vandalized with swastikas, slur
PHOENIX — Swastikas and a racial slur were spray painted at the property of an African American history museum in downtown Phoenix over the weekend.
Authorities say the vandalism was found Sunday on the sidewalk and a column in front of the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.
The Phoenix Police Department is investigating the incident.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego condemned the vandalism in a tweet and said the city’s anti-graffiti program would work to remove it.
The horrific display of hate at the George Washington Carver Museum is reprehensible. An attack like this has no place in our community. The Phx Graffiti Busters will help w/ cleanup. I continue to support the Center's work in preserving & sharing the African American experience.
— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) September 21, 2020
The venue at Grant and Fourth streets is currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic but has several virtual exhibits on its website.
The Carver Museum’s mission is to preserve and share the stories of African American experience in Phoenix.
When open, the privately managed museum doesn’t charge admission but depends on donations from visitors and partners to operate.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise money for enhanced security at the venue and to expand exhibits and programming.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.