TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The group tasked with overseeing civil rights efforts in Terre Haute is condemning the recent vandalism of a Juneteenth mural.







Juneteenth mural located at 13th Street and College Avenue in Terre Haute

Juneteenth mural located at 13th Street and College Avenue in Terre Haute


The Terre Haute Human Relations Commission says they are “extremely troubled” by the act.

This comes after someone did burnouts on the mural in the ate hours of June 16.

In recent weeks, members of the Terre Haute Human Relations Commission have met to figure out how they can best address the incident.

The group says it has identified three actions to stand up against hate.

The first step involves working with the creators of the mural. 

The commission encourages the creators to file a police report so that an investigation can begin.

Second, commissioners will call on state lawmakers to strengthen Indiana’s hate crime law. Specifically, they want to see specific language on what groups can receive protection as a protected class in Indiana.

Finally, commission members say they’ll continue to “promote and provide programming” that celebrates diversity.

The commission’s executive director says the mural’s defacing has had a negative impact on the community. 

“We’re not sure if it was out of ignorance or hatred, but we do know that the violence and destruction of that mural caused harm and hurt in our community,” said Anne-Therese Ryan.

News 10 will be sure to bring you the latest developments of the mural as they unfold.