- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Marquette University has severed ties with the professor behind a controversial mural that honored cop killer and wanted domestic terrorist Assata Shakur.

One day after the university removed the Shakur mural, Marquette Wire reported that Susannah Bartlow, a gender studies professor and director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center where the mural was featured, was no longer employed at the university.

Shakur, a former member of the Black Panther Party, was convicted in 1977 of murdering a New Jersey state trooper and received political asylum in Cuba after escaping from a state prison. FBI placed her on its Most Wanted Terrorist List in 2013. The mural featuring Shakur was on display at the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at Marquette since March and featured her photo and two quotes from her 1987 autobiography.

“Susannah Bartlow is no longer an employee with Marquette University,” university spokesman Brian Dorrington said Tuesday afternoon, Marquette Wire reported. “We will work with the Center’s advisory board to search for a new director so that we can continue to grow the important programs in the Center.”

The mural was painted with help from Marquette’s Mu Beta chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Leona Dotson, international communications chairman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., released an official statement explaining that Shakur’s history had not been fully researched before the mural was approved, Marquette Wire reported.

On Sunday, Marquette’s communications department tweeted out a link to a brief statement condemning the mural and announcing its removal.

“Our university’s senior leadership just became aware of a mural that was created and displayed in a remote area of campus. This is extremely disappointing as the mural does not reflect the Guiding Values of Marquette University. It is being removed immediately,” the statement read. “We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the mural and will take appropriate action.”

The mural was removed by Monday morning.

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