‘White Lives Matter’ Spray Painted On Arthur Ashe Memorial

A statue of African American tennis legend Arthur Ashe on Richmond, Virginia's Monument Avenue has been vandalized with the words “White Lives Matter.”

Photos show the words “white lives matter”, as well as the initials “WLM.”

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Those initials were then later painted over with “BLM” for “Black Lives Matter”. Richmond Police said they were alerted to the vandalism about 10:15 am on Wednesday.

Police say red paint on the statue itself was already being cleaned off by community members.

The Arthur Ashe monument was dedicated in 1996 to memorialise the Richmond native and counterbalance the string of statues on Memorial Avenue dedicated to Confederate leaders.

The vandalism of the Ashe statue comes as multiple Confederate statues have been toppled, vandalised and slated for removal in the city during protests prompted by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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