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Repairs planned for damaged mural honoring George Floyd

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Courtesy Lansing Art Gallery
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A Lansing mural depicting George Floyd was defaced with white paint on Tuesday. 

Scott Pohl reports.

The mural, entitled “Walk With Me,” was painted by Flint-based artist Isiah Lattimore along Lansing’s ARTPath, a series of works on the city’s River Trail. It honors the Black man who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Since the damage was discovered, a GoFundMe page has more than doubled its initial $1,000 goal to cover supplies and Lattimore’s time to make repairs. That campaign is referring donors to the Lansing Art Gallery, which sponsors the ARTPath. The gallery’s Executive Director Barb Whitney says the community is “wrapping its arms around Isiah.”

“You know, a lot of people came forward and asked how they could help, and some people started their own campaigns, I’m sure without realizing that we might do that as well,” said Whitney. 

Whitney is hopeful that a protective clearcoat can be added to the mural once repairs are made.