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Property with BLM murals will be given to the community

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 18:15:30-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Property with a Black Lives Matter mural will be given to the City of Battle Creek, according to the Treasurer's Office.

In an announcement Wednesday evening, Calhoun County Treasurer Brian Wensauer said the the foreclosed property must undergo an environmental assessment before the transfer can be made, but Wensauer is confident giving the property to the city will help maintain the mural.

“I want to ensure these powerful murals will have a lasting impact on the Battle Creek community, which is why I will eventually be transferring the property to the city so it can be properly maintained for future generations to appreciate,” Wensauer said.

Treasurer Wensauer underlined the work that went into the mural and thanked the community members who stepped in to help when it was vandalized.

“We were disheartened that someone chose to deface some of our community’s wonderful murals,” City Manager Rebecca Fleury said. “The overwhelming support from groups throughout Battle Creek show how important these murals — and their messages — are to our community.”

The murals stretch across the property on East Dickman Road near Riverside Drive.