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Racial slur defaces Lovejoy sign

A racial slur against African-Americans was spray-painted Saturday on a sign welcoming people to Lovejoy.

Someone from the Iron Island Museum noticed the vandalism on the front and back of the sign Saturday morning and reported it to police.

"We took the sign down already," Linda Hastreiter, president of the Iron Island Preservation Society, said Saturday. "I just didn't want to leave it up. It was very bad. It's just very upsetting."

"We're going to try to have it repainted depending on how much it costs," she said.

The sign "Welcome to Lovejoy's Iron Island" was purchased for about $2,000 a number of years ago by the Iron Island Preservation Society and placed at William and North Ogden streets in Lovejoy -- a largely white neighborhood.

The black paint found on the sign Saturday read "go home," and used a derogatory term against blacks.

It's the third time the sign has been vandalized, and the second time racial remarks were left on it, said Hastreiter, co-owner of the Iron Island Museum at 998 Lovejoy St.

She didn't think the derogatory comments found on the sign were directed at a particular person or family in the neighborhood.

"I don't want people to think there's something horrible going on in our neighborhood and it scares people away, because that's not true," she said. "I just think it was done by a bunch of stupid kids."

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