Beyond the photos above that were submitted anonymously, there is more graffiti throughout the tunnel.
The mural was part of the U.N.I.T.Y. program to design street art in Richmond.
From a Richmond.com article shortly after the mural was completed in the summer of 2017.
“We wanted to come to Battery Park because the tunnel was such an eyesore and it was honestly the perfect formula for what U.N.I.T.Y. Street stands for,” said Hamilton Glass, one of the five U.N.I.T.Y. artists. “Doing projects in communities where we can highlight the history of the community.”
Thornhill, who’s from Jackson Ward, added: “The city’s changing, the world is changing, and unfortunately we are forgetting some of the heroes and she-roes that came through the area.”
A few photos of the undamaged mural.
For those not familiar with the Patriot Front, read this summary from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Patriot Front is an image-obsessed organization that rehabilitated the explicitly fascist agenda of Vanguard America with garish patriotism. Patriot Front focuses on theatrical rhetoric and activism that can be easily distributed as propaganda for its chapters across the country.
In its own words
“The time of the Republic has passed in America as the system grows too weak to perform its duty. … The damage done to this nation and its people will not be fixed if every issue requires the approval and blessing from the dysfunctional American democratic system. Democracy has failed in this once great nation.”
— Patriot Front manifesto.
Patriot Front (PF) is a white nationalist hate group that formed in the aftermath of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, of August 12, 2017. The organization broke off from Vanguard America (VA), a neo-Nazi group that participated in the chaotic demonstration. PF’s founder, Thomas Rousseau, led VA members during “Unite the Right,” including James Alex Fields, Jr., the young man accused of murdering anti-racist protester Heather Heyer after fatally driving his vehicle into a crowd of protesters.
Rousseau and his loyalists broke away from VA after a months-long feud with VA’s leader Dillon Irizarry.
Parks and rec ha painted over the vandalism and immediately contacted Sir James Thornhill, one of the painters who worked on the mural in 2017. They’re hoping he will repaint in the spring. @rachelkellertv will be on this story tonight. pic.twitter.com/DzOXdaVxCZ
— Tyler Thrasher (@TylerJThrasher) October 21, 2021
Street Closures and No Parking Zones Announced for Saturday’s Armstrong/Walker Classic Parade
Alumnae of Maggie L. Walker and Armstrong High Schools along with residents and businesses will revive a long-standing tradition, the Armstrong/Walker Classic Parade occurring this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 12 noon through the streets of downtown.
Towing will be enforced starting at 6 a.m. Saturday followed by street closures.
The Richmond Police Department is asking everyone to take safety precautions and drive with caution and care as families congregate for the celebration.
The following streets will be closed to public traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 26:
- 8th Street @ Leigh Street
- 4th Street @ Leigh Street (West Bound and East Bound Lanes)
- 3rd Street @ Clay and 3rd and Jackson Street (No South Bound Traffic)
- 2nd Street @ Clay Street
- 1st Street @ Jackson Street
- Clay Street @ Saint James
- Adams @ Clay Street
- Leigh @ Adams (Traffic Control needed to allow traffic flow South Bound and North Bound during Parade-No left or Right Turns onto Leigh Street)
- Jackson Street @ St. Peters
- Judah Street @ West Duval
- West Clay @ Brook Road
- Belvidere and Leigh Street (Traffic Control needed to allow traffic flow South Bound and North Bound during Parade-No left or Right Turns onto Leigh Street)
- I-95 Exit Ramp to Leigh Street
- Goshen Street @ West Clay Street
- Hancock @ West Catherine
- Harrison @ West Catherine
- West Moore @ North Harrison
- West Catherine @ Norton
- West Catherine @ Kinney Street
- West Catherine @ Bowe Street
- Lombardy @ West Broad Street
- Lombardy @ Allen Avenue
- Lombardy @ Brook Road
- Admiral Street @ Brook Road
Information is subject to change. Please follow RPD on Twitter at @RichmondPolice.
Thanksgiving Meal for All
Thanksgiving is not easy for everyone.
Happening tomorrow from 11 am-2 pm! Join The Giving Heart for their annual Community Thanksgiving Feast. This event is free and open to those in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area.
Mending Walls Artwork Stolen
Stealing this art makes no sense and just seems to be a hurtful act.
Spotted on the Mending Walls Facebook.
Mending Walls has been about bringing people together through creative means. It is baffling that someone would try to silence this conversation.
Our purpose is to inspire empathy and connection. We were very excited to invite you all to see the final display created by the wonderful local artist who we’ve been highlighting over the last couple of weeks in collaboration with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Richmond, VA)
The art was installed on November 17th and by the morning of the 18th artwork work was missing without a trace.
Events like this assures us that our work and purpose is causing change.
“If your voice had no power, they would not try to silence you.”
Mending Walls is a public art project that brings together public artists from different cultures and backgrounds to create murals that address where we are now in society and how we can move forward through understanding and collaboration. They’re responsible for many of the iconic murals you see in town.