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A historic Irish landmark in Kansas City was defaced with anti-immigrant graffiti over the weekend.
Vandals spray-painted “Immigrants Not Welcome” on a wall at Browne’s Irish Marketplace, a Midtown storefront founded in 1887 by Irish immigrants.
The marketplace has been recognized by the Irish government as the oldest Irish building in North America, according to co-owner Kerry Browne.
Together with her husband, John McClain, Browne is the fourth generation in her family to helm the Irish deli, grocery and retail shop. Yet in more than 130 years, she said, this is the first time the store has ever experienced such a brazen act of prejudice.