Members of the Evergreen community righted a wrong Thursday morning when they cleaned graffiti off of the children’s mural under Highway 73.
A half-dozen parents and community members gathered soon after the word got out on social media about the racist and graphic graffiti on the mural. They scrubbed off the red spray paint without damaging the mural. Others continued to stop by to offer more help, and still more offered help on social media.
The mural was painted in the summer and fall of 2019 by the 900 students at Wilmot and The Bergens elementary schools under the supervision of Wilmot art teacher Elisabeth Marcus. The mural was the brainchild of Gail Riley, owner of Highland Haven Creekside Inn, and funded in large part by the Evergreen Legacy Fund.
The graffiti was reported to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 9:30 a.m. by a citizen who was walking through the tunnel, according to JCSO spokesman Mike Taplin. Since there are no cameras along the walkway, deputies have no suspects, but Taplin said people who commit this sort of crime like to brag about it, so anyone who hears something should call the JCSO tip line at 303-271-5612.