Parents and children associated with the South Philadelphia Co-operative Playschool gathered at Broad and Wharton yesterday to create chalk art where there was once hate speech.

About 10 to 15 families, according the South Philly Co-op parent Bethany Castillo Cann, met on Sunday at the site where swastikas, racist graffiti and references to Donald Trump were discovered spray painted on a storefront. The graffiti was washed off on Wednesday, but the parents at the Co-op had wanted to take action, and chose this as an appropriate place. Cann had suggested an immigration services building or another preschool before settling on Broad and Wharton.

Photographer Tammy Bradshaw met her two children, daugther Rayna, 5, and son Ember, 2, who were at the event. "I walked home on my way from work and I turned the corner and started crying, because we've been so overwhelmed," Bradshaw said.

The messages the children drew are colorful and telegraph peace. Rayna, Tammy's daughter, created a "hug spot."

Tammy Bradshaw

She told her son that they were going to put nice messages at a place where there were once mean messages. "He does know that I've been sad, and he can sense that but he doesn't talk about those things yet," Cann said. She added that this is just the start, and they wanted to do something for the kids right away. "But we didn't want to stop at pretty chalk drawings," she said. 

Similarly in Fishtown, Beth Huxta posted a photo of window chalk art created after a swastika was painted on a bench at Shissler Recreation Center.