The Black Lives Matter sign outside the Ann Arbor farm was destroyed in less than 12 hours

ANN ARBOR TWP., MI – A large wooden sign outside an Ann Arbor farm showing support for Black Lives Matter was in operation for less than 12 hours before vandals destroyed it and disappeared into the night.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the reported vandalism that occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, at Slow Farm on Whitmore Lake Road north of Ann Arbor.

An artist who works at the certified Bio-U-Pick farm recently participated in a large wooden sign – 5 feet by 8 feet – that was painted “Black Lives Matter,” said farm owner Kim Bayer.

The heavy sign was securely fastened and placed right next to the road on the farm’s property on Thursday afternoon, she said.

Later that night, a rear camera took pictures of two men standing at a rest stop along the road, attacked the heavy sign, and howled at it repeatedly until it broke in half.

Bayer and staff were disappointed to see the sign destroyed with such malevolence before it even operated for a day, she said.

“I think it’s important that people say something, do something for our black citizens who have been murdered, imprisoned and terrorized for years,” said Bayer. “To have this registration for less than a day and be destroyed by hatred, in my opinion, shows how deep the problem is and it has to stop.”

Bayer said she was contacted by a frequent visitor to the farm, which is in its fifth year of operation, who offered to help repair the shield.

The incident is being investigated further.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 734-994-2911 or the anonymous phone line at 734-973-7711.

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