Vandals in Richmond, Virginia reportedly painted "white lives matter" on a statue of Arthur Ashe, a historic black tennis champion and civil rights activist.
Photos of the graffiti were shared on Twitter Wednesday morning. The statue was also defaced with the initials "WLM." Photos showed a white man vandalizing the statue. Activists said that he identified himself as "everyone."
Black Lives Matter activists quickly painted over the tags with "BLM" slogans.
Richmond police were said to be investigating the incident.
View some of the photos below.
Last night someone spray painted “white lives matter” and “wlm” on the Arthur Ashe statue on Monument. Activists su… https://t.co/d6eH6eUZgL— Sarah Vogelsong (@Sarah Vogelsong) 1592404030.0
WLM found all over the Arthur Ashe Statue, which has now been covered with BLM #rva https://t.co/hyQvbr0iVe— Caylin Carbonell (@Caylin Carbonell) 1592406459.0
The lone spray paint of “white lives matter” didn’t last long on the Arthur Ashe Monument. “BLM” is now covering… https://t.co/iSF6rEX8VG— Tyler Thrasher (@Tyler Thrasher) 1592407109.0
A tale of this morning and the Arthur Ashe statue, which has remained untouched until last night/this morning. Some… https://t.co/DHgzKqEnV7— #socialjusticenerd (@#socialjusticenerd) 1592407627.0
This man spray painted white lives matter on the Arthur Ashe statue, bystanders got a glimpse of his license plate,… https://t.co/JP94sujqa7— Jasper the Neutrally Feeling Ghost (@Jasper the Neutrally Feeling Ghost) 1592408645.0
This guy who said his name is “everyone” and a graduate of Benedictine High School just spray painted the Arthur As… https://t.co/Bl6kLXrHuF— Chris Suarez (@Chris Suarez) 1592409603.0
Someone with out-of-state plates was seen tagging the Arthur Ashe monument with "White Lives Matter" and "WLM" - Cr… https://t.co/zo9o9zTtpD— VPM (@VPM) 1592409687.0