[PHOTOS] Mike Brown Memorial Tree Destroyed Within Days of Being Planted


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As it turns out, however, two trees at the January-Wabash Park were damaged this weekend, and now two plaques are missing, says activist Tony Rice, who visited the site this morning.

The tree featured in the KMOV report that was completely destroyed was dedicated to someone else — the Michael Brown tree was damaged but still has some leafy green leaves on top.

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The damaged Michael Brown memorial tree and the hole where a plaque once sat.

UPDATE: We’ve updated this story to include comments from a member of the Black Caucus’ executive committee. See our update at the bottom of the post.

Original story follows….

On Saturday, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association dedicated a memorial in January-Wabash Park in Ferguson honoring Michael Brown.

By Sunday, the memorial had already been destroyed — the tree planted in Brown’s honor damaged, and the stone memorial missing,¬†KMOV (CHannel 4) reports.

As it turns out, however, two trees at the January-Wabash Park were damaged this weekend, and now two plaques are missing, says activist Tony Rice, who visited the site this morning. The tree featured in the KMOV report that was completely destroyed was dedicated to someone else — the Michael Brown tree was damaged but still has some leafy green leaves on top.



However, both trees are missing their plaques. Brown’s had said simply, “In Memory of Michael Brown Jr. Dedicated tree 4/15.”

Here is KMOV’s original report:

KMOV.com

And here is a video shot by Rice, walking from the totally destroyed tree to the Mike Brown tree:

“I must admit, I’m a little confused,” says Rice. “Maybe in the cover of darkness they realized they had the wrong one, but they already got it?”

Rice says he also walked around the area a bit to see if the vandals ditched either plaque nearby, but found nothing.

Full story here: Riverfront Times





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