Though volunteers have been working to clean the statue since its defacement, a spokesperson for Confront Art confirmed it will be transported back to the studio for further restoration before making the trip to Union Square.
“I heard the news about the vandalism. I was so proud that I got word that Flatbush held it down,” said Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, at a farewell celebration held for the statue on Thursday night. “They really supported us. They looked out for the statue, they looked out for the spirit of my brother.”
The NYPD said Friday it did not have any updates regarding the defacement.
The office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a tweet, described the vandalism as a “racist, loathsome, despicable act of hate.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to offer assistance in the investigation.
“It’s still tarnished from some of the vandalism,” said Lindsay Eshelman, cofounder of Confront Art. “We worked so hard to get it off, but it’s still there. But it’s a reminder that even though someone came to destroy something, as a community we rebuilt it.”
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