It happened early Monday morning, but the gallery has been vandalized twice since then.READ MORE: New York's COVID State Of Emergency Set To Expire Thursday
On Tuesday, the letters “ED,” “HR,” and “LL” were found scrawled on the window.
On Wednesday night, the words, “ETC REAL ART” and an unknown stick figure were drawn on the window in black marker.READ MORE: 'Diaphragm Law' Banning NYPD Officers From Applying Pressure To Suspect's Torso Struck Down
The gallery features work by Black artists commemorating the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
“I’m neither shocked nor surprised that merely three days after opening on 26 Mercer Street in celebration of our ancestors that we would find a literal white washing of Black Wall Street on our front window,” Dr. Ricco Wright, who owns the gallery, said at a rally following the latest incident.
The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating. They say no other businesses on the street reported vandalism.MORE NEWS: Stamford Police Searching For Driver In Hit-Run That Left Victim Critically Injured
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