Oct 17, 2020 3:00 PM

'Black Lives Matter' painting to be removed from Kan. parking lot

Posted Oct 17, 2020 3:00 PM
Image courtesy Jared Hitchen- Greater Topeka Partnership
Image courtesy Jared Hitchen- Greater Topeka Partnership

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials plan to wash away the words “Black Lives Matter” from a Topeka parking lot because the yellow block letters were painted without permission in a decision that has angered activists.

The phrase appeared in June on the main lot in the North Topeka Arts District. Shawnee County County commissioner Bill Riphahn says the Parks and Recreation department is removing it next week, but organizers can ask to get a new, county-approved mural.

Topeka resident Ariane Davis says she cried after hearing the painting was being removed and is focusing on creating a new one.