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Stokes family coordinates gang graffiti clean-up in Jackson

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Volunteers paint over graffiti at Lanier High School Volunteers paint over graffiti at Lanier High School
HINDS COUNTY - JACKSON -

Armed with buckets of paint, a husband-wife team of local leaders is targeting Jackson graffiti.

Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes and his wife, Jackson Councilwoman Larita Cooper Stokes coordinated the Georgetown Community clean-up Saturday afternoon.

Starting at Lanier High School, they say they're trying to stop gang recruitment at Jackson Public Schools, and painting over the graffiti is a start.

"What we have to do is nip it in the bud," explains Kenneth Stokes. "Yes, it's not as bad as in Chicago or Los Angeles, but they started small, and they grew to something large. What we cannot allow is these small groups to grow into something big and destroy the city of Jackson."

Curry Paint Company donated supplies and labor during the clean-up.

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