Marquette Univ. Removes Mural of Escaped Cop Killer Assata Shakur
Marquette University in Wisconsin has removed a mural which honored a convicted cop killer who is on the FBI’s “most wanted” list.
The mural depicted escaped convict Assata Shakur, who was found guilty in the 1973 murder of a New Jersey state trooper and subsequently fled to Cuba. It includes two Shakur quotes, one of which says, in part, "No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them."
Suspended Marquette University professor John McAdams broke the story about the mural, which was located at the Marquette Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. McAdams explained that he found out about the mural after the center “bragged about it” on Facebook.
“I didn’t do any brilliant investigative journalism, I just read the Facebook page.”
McAdams acknowledged that top administrators claim they didn’t know about the mural, but he said the director and staffers at the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center had to know about it.
Marquette University said in a statement yesterday:
Our university’s senior leadership just became aware of a mural that was created and displayed in a remote area of campus. This is extremely disappointing as the mural does not reflect the Guiding Values of Marquette University. It is being removed immediately. We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the mural and will take appropriate action.
Marquette wrote in an update today that the mural was removed yesterday evening.