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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Martin Luther King Jr. mural at 40th Street and Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia could be in jeopardy of being replaced. Full Court Development has purchased the lot next to the mural and plans on constructing a three-story mixed-use building that would block the mural and upset some in the community.

The mural commemorates King’s visit to Philadelphia on Aug. 3, 1965.

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Ten thousand people were on hand at 40th and Lancaster to hear the civil rights icon speak.

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Chosen 300 Ministries Executive Director Brian Jenkins organized a rally Friday night imploring the developer to keep the homage to King on the new building.

“We’re not trying to stop development, but we are trying to stop you from taking away from our history,” Jenkins said. “They had an opportunity to come and present something that was acceptable to the community that will preserve the image that is on that mural. It’s very simple. If you’re going to build a building there, take one side of the building and put the mural back.”

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Eyewitness News reached out to the developer for comment, but we have not heard back.

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Video Captures Spotted Lantern Flies Swarming Jersey City Building

Spotted lanternflies seem to be more prevalent than ever this year in New Jersey. 

One Jersey City resident captured the invasive species swarming a Jersey City building, and he fears they could harm the newly-planted trees in a nearby park.

"Tens of thousands are on the west side of 333 Grand. They look like they crash into the glass on the upper floors and fall to the sidewalk," Marc Wesson writes in the video. 

"We sprayed them with agriculture grade vinegar, and killed most of them. My concern is that they are only a block away from the park, and that kind of infestation would be uncontrollable. What plague is next??"

Native to China, the spotted lanternfly has been detected in 11 states including Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Killing such a beautiful creature seems wrong and counterintuitive, but according to agricultural experts, it's the only option.

"The spotted lanternfly uses its piercing-sucking mouthpart to feed on sap from over 70 different plant species," the NJ Department of Agriculture website reads. "It has a strong preference for economically important plants and the feeding damage significantly stresses the plants which can lead to decreased health and potentially death."

Experts at Rutgers say the spotted lanternfly can feed on more than 70 plant species.

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