Peter Segall | Juneau Empire                                The outline of letters spelling out “Black Lives Matter” are visible after state employees worked to cover the phrase that was written outside the Governor’s Mansion after the death of George Floyd.

Peter Segall | Juneau Empire The outline of letters spelling out “Black Lives Matter” are visible after state employees worked to cover the phrase that was written outside the Governor’s Mansion after the death of George Floyd.

Workers cover ‘Black Lives Matter’ writing

Writing in front of the Governor’s Mansion was painted over

The words “Black Lives Matter” that were written outside the Governor’s Mansion following the death of George Floyd have been covered.

A social media post shared Friday afternoon showed what appeared to be state employees working to remove the letters that were scrawled along Calhoun Avenue in the wake of the death of the Minnesota man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police after an officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes.

The outline of letters spelling out “Black Lives Matter” are visible after state employees worked to cover the phrase that was written outside the Governor’s Mansion after the death of George Floyd.

The outline of letters spelling out “Black Lives Matter” are visible after state employees worked to cover the phrase that was written outside the Governor’s Mansion after the death of George Floyd.

Maintenance on Calhoun Avenue is normally handled by City and Borough of Juneau. However, CBJ Transit Superintendent Ed Foster told the Empire he had been contacted by someone at the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and told state employees would be covering over the writing.

When contacted, Bill Campbell, maintenance specialist for the state’s Division of Public Facilities declined to comment.

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, City and Borough of Juneau and the governor’s office all could not immediately be reached for comment late Friday afternoon.

The writing first appeared the morning of June 6.

Contact reporter Peter Segall at psegall@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @SegallJnoEmpire.

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