Controversial Elgin Mural Will Be Moved, For Now

(CBS) — A controversial mural in Elgin will soon have a new home.

The mural is a replica of a picture taken in 1930 in which a white crowd watches a lynching of two black men in Indiana. Some Elgin residents are upset about the mural and questioned its meaning and context in the Chicago suburb.

They asked the city to take it down.

Friday, elected leaders voted to relocate the mural to the cultural center in town, until public hearings are held to determine what will happen next.

“That’s a great solution. That way you’re responding to the constituency that this hurts, and then you have a dialogue that should have taken place 12 years ago – as to where this is appropriate, if at all,” says Elgin resident Eric Rubin.

The hearings will take place June 7 and 13, and they are open to the public.

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