Billboard advertising Islamic art exhibit in Oklahoma vandalized
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A billboard in Oklahoma advertising for an Islamic art exhibit was vandalized with the words “home grown terror” spray painted on it.

The Philbrook Museum of Art located in Tulsa issued a statement Wednesday denouncing the vandalism and saying that the incident would not deter the museum’s mission.

"We could not be more proud to present this show and we will not be deterred by any form of intolerance in our community," museum director Scott Stulen said.


Stulen added a message to the vandals: “We hope you see the show. You’re welcome any time.” 

The original billboard highlighting the exhibit featured the words “1,200 years of Islamic Art” alongside a piece of ceramic pottery. The vandalized billboard has since been replaced, according to the museum.

The art exhibition, “Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam,” is on display until Oct. 6.

Oklahoma’s Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also issued a statement, saying that it is “saddened and frustrated” by the incident.

Local news outlet KFOR reports the exhibit is the most extensive collection of Islamic art ever to be shown in the state.