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Plaque defaced with racist graffiti

The graffiti included a racial slur and drawings on the photo of Sam and Mattie Reynolds.

Posted: Jul 8, 2020 7:44 AM
Updated: Jul 8, 2020 10:44 AM

EUGENE, Ore. - A plaque dedicated to two influential African Americans in the Eugene community was defaced Tuesday with racist graffiti. 

The plaque is on display at the EMX station on West 11th Avenue. 

The graffiti included a racial slur and drawings on the photo of Sam and Mattie Reynolds. 

It has since been cleaned off but scratches on the drawing still remain. 

The Reynolds moved to Lane County from Louisiana seeking a better life in the early 20th century. Because of laws banning Blacks from living within the Eugene city limits, they were forced to move around the county to areas that were unsafe to live. 

The plaque was dedicated in 2018 to the Reynolds because of their commitment to help anyone who needed it, in spite of the injustices they experienced. 

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