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‘Suspicious’ fire damages Black children’s memorial in Des Moines

Des Moines Black Live Matter Memorial
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Des Moines Black Lives Matter Mural
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- Fire officials say a fire that badly damaged a historic Des Moines building turned makeshift Black children's memorial is being investigated as "suspicious."

The fire early Wednesday morning destroyed a memorial created last summer by the Des Moines Black Liberation Movement. It honored Black Iowa youth who have died or gone missing in recent years.

The memorial was at the entrance to the 132-year-old former North Des Moines City Hall, which has been unoccupied for many years. BLM does not own the building, but is using the damage to call on residents to replenish the memorial with red, yellow and purple flowers.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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