ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (WR) — Vandals broken the New Mexico Holocaust Museum and Gellert Middle for Schooling on Thursday simply because the burial of congressman and civil rights chief John Lewis was being televised from Atlanta.

Museum government director Leon Natker instructed the Albuquerque Journal the massive window of the downtown Albuquerque museum was shattered.

Behind the window was a big photograph of an early 1960s civil rights march, a part of a motion during which Lewis was a pacesetter.

“It will probably’t be a coincidence that it occurred simply because the funeral of John Lewis was being broadcast on tv,” mentioned Natker. “It was a hit-and-run, and it was completed by a coward.”

No arrests have been made.

The window, which value about $1,000 to switch, was made with security movie, stopping shards of glass from spraying into the museum, positioned on the historic Route 66.

The museum was closed on the time for renovations. Lyn Berner, the museum’s director of administration, was the one particular person within the constructing between 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. when the window is believed to have been shattered.

“My workplace is approach within the again and I didn’t hear it, and whereas now we have safety cameras they don’t level out into the road,” she mentioned. “It seemed like somebody took a hammer or a baseball bat and smacked the window.”

Natker mentioned {that a} safety gate throughout the entrance of the constructing shall be put in by the tip of the week.

The museum is anticipated to reopen on Sept. 1.