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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 12:36 AM

(Jewish Group) Artist completes restoration of Norman statue that was vandalized by hate speech


The artist who created a sculpture of a child’s head in Norman’s Lions Park on Sunday completed the restoration of the statue that had been vandalized with spray painted neo-Nazi hate speech.


“I won’t let her win,” said Richard McKown, referring to 45-year-old Allison Christine Johnson, who surrendered to police in connection with five alleged acts of racist vandalism in Norman and Oklahoma City.


McKown modeled “Olivia” after his daughter when she was 7.


Johnson surrendered following spray-painting incidents at the Firehouse Art Center, McKinley Elementary and the Cleveland County Democratic Headquarters. Three weeks ago, similar graffiti messages were found at the Oklahoma Democratic Party and Chickasaw Nation buildings in Oklahoma City.


Swastikas had been painted over both eyes and the word JEWESS was written across the forehead of the forehead of the sculpture. Red paint simulating blood poured from the forehead to the sculpture’s base, where four more swastikas were painted.

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