In a Monday evening email to members of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Bedford Common, senior minister the Rev. John Gibbons reported that the historic 1817 building had been defaced.
“Grafitti of “BLM” was recently spray-painted on the exterior of Bedford’s First Parish,” Gibbons wrote.
“While for many months, First Parish has displayed signs and banners in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and while its banner has sometimes been defaced by those who oppose that sentiment, painting “BLM” is new.
”We don’t know what to make of this,“ added Gibbons. “It appears that “Black Lives Matter” remains a controversial concept. We want to unequivocally affirm that Black lives do matter. Period.”
Correction, 30 June 2020: Rev. Gibbons’ comment was made on Monday, June 29, not on ‘Thursday’ as originally stated in the story.