Boat near Folly Beach changes shades to honor the fallen

Elizabeth Baker and others painted this display on a boat near Folly Beach Friday.

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCBD) — Some in the Lowcountry are showing support for all those affected by violence this week. They’re doing so in a way you can only do in Charleston.

An overturned boat near Folly Beach not only has a maritime history, but also holds memories for many people of the Lowcountry. It’s available to anyone who wants to paint it in support of or tribute to anything that might inspire them.

Elizabeth Baker painted the boat Friday.

“We found out about the officers slain in Dallas. We wanted to do something locally to show our support,” said Baker.

Baker and others painted a solid blue horizontal line across the black-painted boat.

It’s a nation-wide symbol in support of law enforcement, stretched across a Charleston landmark.

But, it didn’t stay for long.

“After that I started getting attacked on my work Facebook page,” said Baker.

“People saying I was racist for supporting the Dallas officers, saying they’re going to repaint it as soon as possible,” she said.

We’re told the boat changed paint several times overnight, even pink for a family expecting a little girl.

“The majority of Charleston shows that they react positively in times of tragedy,” said Baker.

So, Saturday afternoon, another group added a fresh coat of paint that again honored the fallen police officers.

“I believe all lives matter. I mean there is a certain focus that needs to be taken. Police, black lives matter. There deserves to be justice for everybody,” said Kendra Ford who painted the boat Saturday.

When the folks finished, the blue line again split the boat, with “#Respectmatters”.

“A lot of people are losing their loved ones lately. If we can just step and show a little respect … all respect matters,” Ford said.

As the last crew left, Baker says another group started painting over the boat. No word on what covers it currently.

Elizabeth Baker sent this photo of another group painting over a tribute to the Dallas police officers killed.
Elizabeth Baker sent this photo of another group painting over a tribute to the Dallas police officers killed.


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