Vermont city considers making mural more inclusive to races

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Posted: Jan 07, 2018 1:21 PM
Vermont city considers making mural more inclusive to races

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Vermont's largest city are considering changes to a mural after an activist defaced the description plaque and called it racist.

The mural went up in 2012 and is described as celebrating Burlington and Vermont history with a painting of key builders and leaders. It was done by Quebec artist Pierre Hardy and commissioned by officials with a popular shopping and dining outdoor mall, the Church Street Marketplace.

Albert Petrarca says the mural "has imposed white supremacist and fake history paint on the town square," by failing to adequately represent Native Americans. The marketplace privately raised $100,000 for the mural, and says it's received a handful of complaints about it over the years.

The city is now looking at possible solutions including building a second mural or replacing it.