DETROIT (WXYZ) - An online petition aims to make the Detroit Institute of Arts a National Monument, preventing the sale of its artwork.
With over 3,900 signatures, the MoveOn.org petition created by Donald Handy has nearly reached it's goal of 4,000. Handy says "I am a native Detroiter, and I love the Detroit Institue of Arts. The thought of losing its collection--especially the Diego Rivera murals--is heartbreaking."
It sparked fear that the priceless collection could be sold to help the city pay back some of its $18 billion long term debt.
Handy and other metro Detroiters is attempting to gain the attention of The House of Representatives, The Senate and President Obama.
His petition reads:
"There is talk of selling art owned by the City of Detroit, contained within the Detroit Institue of Arts, to pay off the city's debt. This to me would like [sic] New York City selling the Statue of Liberty, or Washington D.C. selling the Washington Monuments. If we designate the Detroit Institute of Arts, including all of the treasures within, as a national monument, this would protect and preserve them for future generations."