Immigrant child removed from the mural in the vicinity of Brown v. Board site

TOPEKA, Kansas. – The image of an immigrant child clinging to her mother has removed from a wall painting in the vicinity of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic site in Topeka.

Michael has been betrayed, the artistic director of the surveillance project, said: “we are all affected by what is going on with our children” and initially was going to leave the image that the artist bj McBride painted as a protest against the separation of parents and children arrested at the U.S. border. But it has been betrayed, said he painted about holding a child on Monday, because “this was not the place.” The 130 – 30-foot (40 – by 9-meter) mural tells the story of the U.S. Supreme court ruling that ended segregated education, and faces a former black school in Topeka, where the lead plaintiff child was a student, The Kansas City Star reports.

“I could see how things began to germinate in the media that the story is more about addition than about all the good, creative community of the work that it took to create the mural,” toombs said.

McBride said they “spontaneously” painted, and the child Friday, and not against the removal of the image, which they later decided was “distracting.”

“In a joint effort, some time in the spotlight is placed on an artist is not good,” McBride said. “I have no problem in celebrating all the artists and keeping the focus on what we came to do.”

Sarah Fizell, executive director of the nonprofit ArtsConnect behind the mural, said the clinging child didn’t fit with the mission of the mural, which was three years in the making. Approximately 30 professional artists worked with children to paint the mural and members of the public were invited to paint a part. In all, about 2,000 people took part, including visitors from all over the world.

The mural is expected to be completed by the end of the week, and celebrated by a community event that will have a time-lapse video of the creation, including a shot in which the mural holding a child, followed by a with the child painted.


Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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