FBI Cleveland
Public Affairs Officer Susan Licate
January 18, 2023

FBI Announces $10,000 Reward for Information About Ebenezer Baptist Church Vandalism

CLEVELAND, OH and ATLANTA, GA—FBI Cleveland and FBI Atlanta seek the public’s help about the recent vandalism at Ebenezer Baptist Church Heritage Sanctuary and seeking information about a group of 10 people captured on video vandalizing the outside of the Sanctuary. It is believed that one or more of the subjects in the pictures may have ties to Central or Northern Ohio.

The FBI Atlanta is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the suspects responsible for this crime.  

On Sunday, July 3rd, 2022, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade, a member or members of the group sprayed the words “if abortions aren't safe neither are you” on the side of the church. The group was dressed in all black.

Less than a minute later, cameras recorded the people walk away from the church and cross Auburn Avenue and toward the Memorial Rose Garden. A few minutes later, a group of 10 people walked from the area of the Garden, no longer wearing black clothing.

Camera footage then shows the group separating into a group of 6 and a group of 4.

FBI Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department ask anyone who recognizes any of these 10 individuals to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or send tips to Tips.FBI.gov. Your identity can remain anonymous.

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