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Kaepernick mural removed before Super Bowl to be replaced

February 04, 2019 - 8:35 am

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta artist says a building with his mural of Colin Kaepernick was destroyed days before the Super Bowl, so eight more are being made.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports artist Fabian Williams says the building was torn down last week and was about a mile from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium that housed the Sunday's Super Bowl. Williams says he doesn't think it's a coincidence that the removal coincided with the game.

Participated in creating two @kaepernick7 murals tonight. One of my own in support of Colin Kaepernick, a community at large and in direct response to @occasionalsuperstar’s Kap mural being demolished two days before the Super Bowl. Then, I had the pleasure of helping out my dear friends @blackangelatl and @deejayrebellion on their dope KAEPERNICK FREEDOM mural which is on the other side of tunnel from mine. ✨--✨ (swipe to see some photos) . . I love how our Atlanta art community responds to injustice and mobilizes in such a quick and efficient way! Remember- Atlanta is the birth place of the Civil Rights movement....we don’t stand for injustice and we move to dismantle oppression in all forms! . . first photo by @tiffanympowell . . . . . . . #kaeperbowl #jonesyartatl #occasionalsuperstar #kaepernick #artandactivism #takeaknee #takeakneeforjustice #artistssupportingartists #atlantainfluenceseverything #artisticresistance #artsactivism #kaepernick7 #kaepernickart #dismantleopression #disruption #resistence #imwithkap

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Kaepernick is a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who knelt during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality. He hasn't played since 2017.

The mural was up for about two years and survived a fire that ravaged the building months ago. Williams said Sunday that eight locations have been confirmed for new murals, including one by him.

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