DES MOINES, Iowa — A plaque has been stolen from the pedestrian bridge at Gray’s Lake and the person who purchased the plaque believes it was taken down for racist reasons.
The inner rail of the bridge is lined with 3,000 plaques with most memorializing loved ones.
But one that honors Trevon Martin is missing.
The African American teen was shot to death in Florida by a neighborhood watch coordinator.
The man who bought the plaque, Greg Wilcox of Des Moines, believes the city should replace it.
“My message means a lot to me. As much as the other 2,999 who put a message up. And I want it to stay up,” Wilcox said.
But Des Moines Parks and Recreation say replacements aren’t in the budget.
“We don’t have the financial resources to replace any of the plaques ourselves, Jen Fletcher said. “It’s the understanding that it’s one and done and so it’s regrettable.”
The city originally sold the plaques for $100 each to raise money to maintain grays lake park, but is offering Wilcox a discount of $60 to replace the plaque.