TULSA, Okla. — Vandals targeted the Lynn Riggs Memorial Mural at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center Monday night.
Oklahomans for Equality posted photos of the vandalism on their Facebook page Tuesday:
The mural depicts Lynn Riggs, a playwright who wrote "Green Grow the Lilacs" -- the basis of the musical "Oklahoma!" Riggs, who died in 1954, is a Claremore native.
Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum posted about the vandalism on his Facebook on Wednesday. He changed his profile picture to a photo of the mural and encouraged other Tulsans to join him. Bynum did not hold back in his condemnation of the vandalism:
Oklahomans for Equality later posted video showing suspected vandals defacing the mural Monday night. "What happened last night would be considered a hate crime in thirty-one states, but not Oklahoma," Oklahomans for Equality wrote.
If anyone can identify the individual in the video, please call the center at (918) 743-4297 or e-mail Tulsa Police Department LGBT Community Liaison Thomas Bell at email@example.com.
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