Vandals caught on video targeting Lynn Riggs Memorial Mural at Equality Center

Vandals caught on video targeting Lynn Riggs Memorial Mural at Equality Center

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:

On Monday, July 22nd, at 11:14 p.m. the Lynn Riggs Memorial Mural at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, the home of...

Posted by Oklahomans for Equality on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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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:

"So some jerk wants to make my friends and neighbors feel unwelcome in our city by defacing a beautiful mural? Then I think I'll just make that mural my profile pic for a while. Feel free to join me if you'd like to show the haters that in Tulsa love still wins."

So some jerk wants to make my friends and neighbors feel unwelcome in our city by defacing a beautiful mural? Then I...

Posted by Mayor GT Bynum on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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.

This is the video footage taken from our security cameras of last night's vandalism. It is clear that this is meant to scare and silence our community. What happened last night would be considered a hate crime in thirty-one states, but not Oklahoma. If you can identify this individual, please call the center at (918)-743-4297 or e-mail our Tulsa Police Department LGBT Community Liaison Thomas Bell at tbell@cityoftulsa.org. At Oklahomans for Equality, we will continue to stand up and be the voice for equality in our state.

Posted by Oklahomans for Equality on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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 tbell@cityoftulsa.org.

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