George Floyd Mural Defaced in Santa Barbara

Vandals Painted Over Tribute on Haley Street Wall

The George Floyd mural was vandalized overnight June 17-18. | Credit: Ian Anzlowar

[Update June 18: 2 p.m.] The defaced George Floyd mural has been completely restored, according to muralist Chad Westmoreland in a Thursday-afternoon Instagram post.

[Original Story] 

A large mural honoring George Floyd on the wall of Eos Lounge at the corner of Haley and Anacapa was vandalized late last night. “ALL LIVES MATTER” was spray-painted in bright yellow lettering over Floyd’s last words. The mural, painted by Chad Westmoreland and Griffin Lounsbury, had a built-in expiration date, but due to the nature of the vandalism, that day may come sooner than anticipated. The city department that oversees vandalism is investigating the incident. There are video cameras on the building where this happened. More information will be added as the story develops.

Correction: The caption on this story now reflects the correct date, June 17-18, not June 18-19.


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Photo: Daniel DreifussChad Westmoreland tries to repair the defacement to the mural Thursday morning.


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