Dozens protest removal of mural honoring ISU Grad Student Jelani Day


NORMAL (WEEK) — Dozens of people, including students showed up Monday night to peacefully protest the town of Normal’s removal of a painting honoring ISU Grad student Jelani Day.

An anonymous artist painted an image of Day on the side of the Trail East building in Uptown Normal.

It was there for one day, when town staffers took it down because the artist didn’t have a permit.

After learning about Monday night’s protest, the town put the mural in a window on Beaufort Street, saying it supports the protest.

Some people attending said it’s too late, and the town should’ve never removed it.

“And a few hours later the town decided what they should’ve done in the very first place in casing the mural in plexiglass, framing it and putting it in the windows and memorialize Jelani,” said Krystle Able, an organizer.

An ISU student said, “if this is the disrespect given to Jelani Day’s family, to Jelani Day, if that’s the normal that we have to live, that’s not the normal I want to be apart of.”

The town said the mural will remain in the window until it’s moved to a new location on ISU’s campus.

Day was reported missing on August 25th. His body was recovered from the Illinois River on September 4th. Police are calling it a death investigation.

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