Feds offer $10,000 reward after historic Atlanta cathedral vandalized

ATLANTA – The FBI announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a group accused of vandalizing a historic Atlanta church.

In a Thursday press release, officials said on July 3 that in surveillance video According to the FBI, 10 people dressed in black spray-painted the words “If abortion is not safe, neither are you” next to the Ebenezer Baptist Church Heritage Sanctuary.

Church.jpeg

FBI

This image shows graffiti sprayed on the Ebenezer Baptist Church on July 3, 2022.

Video then captured the group, still dressed in black, leaving the church and crossing Auburn Avenue to the Memorial Rose Garden, according to the FBI.

Minutes later, the group was seen leaving the garden, no longer in black, and splitting into groups of six and four, the FBI said.

Screenshot 2022-12-30 pm 2.35.25.png

FBI

This surveillance image shows the vandalism suspect.

The incident comes about a week after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion.

If you know any of the 10 people, you can call 1-800-CALL-FBI or send tips to tips.fbi.gov.

The National Park Service says on its website that the church is the “spiritual home” of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who served as his father’s co-pastor until his assassination in 1968.

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., now serves as the church’s senior pastor.