Boston center named after Harriet Tubman vandalized

Graffitti on a wall at the Harriet Tubman House on Columbus Avenue on Tuesday.

Graffitti on a wall at the Harriet Tubman House on  Columbus Avenue. 
Suzanne KreiterGlobe staff
Graffitti on a wall of the Harriet Tubman House on Columbus Avenue on Tuesday. –Suzanne Kreiter / The Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston social services organization named in honor of 19th century abolitionist Harriet Tubman that’s been the center of a redevelopment dispute has been vandalized with graffiti, officials say.

The Harriet Tubman House in the city’s South End was spray painted with what United South End Settlements, which runs the building, called “inaccurate messages concerning the preservation of the iconic Honor Roll mural,” according to The Boston Globe.

The organization said it intends to preserve the mural despite plans to demolish the building and replace it with a condo development. The sale has sparked debate over gentrification of the neighborhood, with critics saying the Tubman house is an essential resource for low-income residents.

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The mural depicts influential Black residents of the neighborhood. The building serves as a community center for children and older residents.

Police say there have been no reports of vandalism at the address.

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