- Harrison Berry
- U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Wassmuth Center Executive Director Dan Prinzing condemned recent vandalism at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.
“We will vanquish the oppressor that diminished this place,” said Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-Boise).
Vandalism to the memorial amounted to more than $20,000 in damage, specifically to marble tablets bearing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The memorial was further marred by attempts to remove the offensive messages.
Buckner-Webb was one of several state and local leaders who spoke at the event. Others included U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Rep. Mat Erpelding (D-Boise).
Wassmuth Center for Human Rights Executive Director Dan Prinzing, who oversees the memorial, called the gathering a "public rejection of hate."
The Boise community was quick to respond following news of the vandalism, raising more than $65,000 for repairs—including two $20,000 donations from private citizens.
“The community’s response to the act is what defines who are,” Crapo said.
The outpouring of support has accelerated plans to expand the memorial with the Marilyn Shuler Classroom for Human Rights, which will showcase Idaho human rights history. Prinzing said crews will break ground on the addition in mid-August.
“Once funds were coming in, we had folks saying: rebuild, repair, then expand and expedite it,” he said.