EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Pence is coming under criticism for allowing the sale of objects with racist depictions of African Americans at a sprawling antiques mall he owns with his wife.
The issue has taken on particular significance amid a national reckoning on race.
The Exit 76 Antique Mall in Edinburgh, Indiana, has more than 4 million items for sale by the merchants who rent booths from the Pences. Sprinkled throughout the mall are dozens of objects that trade in Jim Crow-era caricatures and stereotypes.
Pence’s Democratic challenger, Jeannine Lee Lake, drew attention to the objects recently.
Through a spokesperson, the Republican congressman told The Star Press that he “is not engaged in the active management” of the mall.
Greg Pence is the vice president’s older brother.