Benches on MLK bridge vandalized with hate speech

(WANE Photo)
(WANE Photo)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For the second time in two weeks, part of the Martin Luther King bridge in Fort Wayne was defaced.

Hate speech and racial slurs were written on two benches on the bridge.

One bench has “Death to race mixers” written on it. The other bench has “White women do not need to mix with (expletive). Keep the white race pure. Remember Joseph Paul Franklin. A warrior for the white race” written on it.

Joseph Paul Franklin was a serial killer who was executed last year. He was responsible for the attempted assassination attempt on Civil Rights Leader, Vernon Jordan, in Fort Wayne in 1980 which left Jordan paralyzed.

Similar messages were also written on a Civil War Memorial east of Lawton Park off of Spy Run Avenue. Neighbors in the area said that message has been there for a little less than a week.

Community leaders said it will be cleaned up on Monday.

Two weeks ago, someone spray-painted a smiley face over Dr. King’s image on that same bridge. That was cleaned off within two days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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