Durham couple hopes to create mural on wall where ‘Black lives don’t matter’ was spray painted

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The Durham community is coming together for a local restaurant that was covered in graffiti claiming that “Black lives don’t matter” on election night.

See more photos of the graffiti
See more photos of the graffiti

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The graffiti on the wall of JC’s Kitchen said, “Black lives don’t matter and neither does your vote.” JC’s is located near the busy intersection of Main and Fayetteville streets.

A similar message with the words “Wake Up!” at the end was written on another wall a quarter of a mile away on Fayetteville Street.

Andy and Amanda Waldrop, both Durham natives, wanted to help restore the damage that was done to the wall by creating a mural to replace it. The Waldrop family created a GoFundMe account Thursday night and is hoping the community will donate to the cause.

(L-R) Andy Waldrop, Phyllis Terry (owner of JC's), Amanda Waldrop (David Grzybowski/CBS North Carolina)
(L-R) Andy Waldrop, Phyllis Terry (owner of JC’s), Amanda Waldrop (David Grzybowski/CBS North Carolina)

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“What we are looking to do is replace the hateful graffiti that was sprayed painted on there with something beautiful that brings the community together, that’s a collaborative. We are looking to raise $12,000 to fund the artist, the materials, the origination behind bringing all of those things together and really making it something the community can come together and participate in creating a mural,” said Andy Waldrop.

Approximately $2,300 had been raised as of 2 p.m. Friday.

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