Knight Library vandalized on UO campus

Police are investigating.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 5:30 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2020 11:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The Knight Library on the University of Oregon campus was vandalized overnight, officials said Tuesday.

Kay Jarvis with UO said there was paint on the sidewalk and in the doorway involving the original portion of the building which was constructed in 1937. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. According to university officials, the vandalism seemed to be directed at phrase in a mission statement that is part of a mural. The phrase says "our racial heritage."

This is not the first time the mural has been at the center of controversy. In 2018, someone tried to cross out the phrase with red paint. Freshman Lauren Anderson said she doesn't support the vandalism but she understands why it happened. 

"I think there is a lot of frustration of people wanting their voices heard that campus is not doing a good job at the moment," Anderson said.

Officials from the university said all artwork with racist content will be covered by Oct. 1. The university will also review all of its collections so marginalized groups can have their voices heard. 

Cleanup was underway on Tuesday.

In a statement, Jarvis said they support “the right to free expression and protest in this moment of national reckoning, but we cannot condone acts of destruction.”

Police are investigating.

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