In Tampa, a number of artworks that honor the narrative of the African-American community and Historic Central Avenue were recently subjected to vandalism.
According to the Tampa Police, these pieces represent a distinctive and contextually significant collection of four major artworks, partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
“The vandalism of this artwork is an insult to our community and to all those who contributed to its creation,” Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw said. “It is disappointing to think anyone would cause destruction to this artistic representation of our city’s history.”
Detectives are actively engaged in the process of collecting evidence, collaborating with local residents and business associates to examine surveillance footage in order to establish leads and apprehend the individuals responsible.
If you have any information pertaining to this incident, please reach out to the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130 or contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at (800) 873-TIPS.