The hand-painted crosses in front of Camden City Hall that for weeks have spurred sorrow and shame over the rising homicide toll will remain untouched despite concerns that they are unwittingly damaging the city's image.
"The crosses will not be removed," City Council President Frank Moran said in an interview Monday. "Absolutely not."
Moran's remarks came as activists behind the field of crosses warned they would try to prevent their removal or would replant them if they were taken away.
Stop Trauma on People, an antiviolence group, began planting the crosses more than a month ago to remember victims as the homicide toll grew. The group says its intention is to shame city officials into action and decry the daily trauma inflicted on residents by violence and poverty.