Police investigating vandalism of Black history mural

Vandalism seen on this mural in Paterson Park, May 3, 2021. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

The Windsor Police Service is looking for evidence surrounding the vandalism of a Black History mural in Sandwich.

The mural in Paterson Park shows key figures in Black history in Windsor. The image of the Howard Watkins, the first Black constable with Windsor police, and one of Canada’s first Black detectives was defaced with blue paint.

Ward 2 Fabio Costante said he first found out about the vandalism late Thursday night. The City of Windsor Parks Department attempted to remove the paint but were unsuccessful.

The Windsor Police Service launched an investigation into the vandalism on Friday afternoon. They are asking anyone with video surveillance on Sandwich Street between Chewett Street and Detroit Street to check their footage for suspicious activity in the area last week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4343, ext. 4000 (After Hours), Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.