BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – It’s almost impossible to drive through district 10 without seeing a graffiti tag. On-street after street you’ll likely see that same signature black ink smudged on buildings, walls and even the most sacred of places. Tara wicker, councilwoman for District 10, says the street art is becoming a nuisance.
“We thought it should be honored. It really brought this to everyone’s attention when someone vandalized sweet olive,” wicker said.
The Sweet Olive Cemetary graffiti was the tag that brought the issue to life. It hurt the community to see a historical pillar knocked down to size with something as simple as spray paint. But what could they do to fix it?
“It’s all on Florida Boulevard it’s all on Plank Road,” Wicker said.
Wiping the smudges off the Sweet Olive Cemetery sign wasn’t enough for councilwoman wicke. The rest of the district deserved a clean slate too. So she got the city to pick up their paint buckets and get to work.
“You see all the bad things that are written on the wall. That’s hurt,” McGee says.
Volunteers like James McGee divided themselves into groups based on graffiti hotspots all over the district. Mcgee and his crew landed here at this abandoned popeyes covered in ink.
“It’s hurtful. By us painting over it, we’re giving it a positive vibe, and no negative notations on it,” McGee says.
After just thirty minutes of dip, lift and repeat the words were covered. The building wasn’t completely restored to what was. But it was a start and a clean slate.