Mural Of LGBTQ+ Activist Vandalized In New Jersey

A mural in New Jersey honoring a well-known LGBTQ+ activist was vandalized in Union County, but efforts are underway to redo it; CBS2's Meg Baker reports.

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- A mural in New Jersey honoring a well-known LGBTQ activist was vandalized in Union County, but efforts are now underway to fix it. CBS 2's Meg Baker reports.

- Red spray paint now covers the face of two murals of the transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson in Elizabeth . We were with artist Malcolm Rolling as he saw the damage for the first time.

- It's disheartening. It's nothing like this that exists in Elizabeth, right? So to see these murals taken down like this, you know, I'm upset.

- The mural was painted last year ahead of Elizabeth's first ever Pride Parade. The non-profit group, the People's Committee of Elizabeth fundraised to hire three local artists to do the work.

- We just wanted to bring our community together because there has never really been a pride in Elizabeth.

- I really believe in what they're doing and that's what made me come over here. I think-- you know, I didn't take any money for this week. You know, the funds that they raised initially were just for paint.

- The group chose this wall on 4th Street under the New Jersey turnpike overpass because it gets a lot of foot traffic. They hope the social justice mural educates the public about Johnson and her involvement in the Stonewall uprising in the late 1960s.

- And it was actually recently our first time learning about who she was and what she did. And so we were just like, how is it that we were from Elizabeth and we don't know about this iconic figure of our city?

- The artist says he now has plans to fill in the blank space between the two images.

- I have something to say. Like I said, I'm a little furious so I have something to say. And I want to be able to add something to the mural to make it more robust.

- The activists say they hope nothing like this happens again. But if it does, they will continue to repeat Marsha P. Johnson symbolizing her resilience. In Elizabeth, New Jersey, Meg Baker CBS 2 News.