FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - Over the last several years, Florence has developed a reputation for graffiti artists leaving their mark downtown. Recently, a work of vandalism near Turbo Coffee on Tennessee Street has caused controversy.
The mural depicted President Donald Trump shooting a handgun at children. It's a piece of commentary about recent school violence.
The artist, who wants to remain unidentified, said the purpose of the mural is to support kids by pushing a message of stopping gun violence in school.
"I definitely don't want people to forget. I want people to keep talking and know this is happening and it's happened for way to long for years," said the artist.
He said he picked the location because a lot of people would see the display. The display has left the public with mixed feelings and emotions.
"I think it's good people are bold enough now to be able to come out and express an opinion," said Florence resident Pat Roemer.
"I just don't think that's appropriate at all," said Florence resident Shane Murphy."
The mural is now covered, but the artist is happy to see positive responses on social media and hopes his message will continue to keep people talking.
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