HARRISON, Ark. (AP) - Two racially charged billboard signs have been removed at the request of the Harrison property owner.

Owner Carrie Myers says that when she leased the billboards three years ago she didn't imagine they would have messages such as "Diversity is a code word for white genocide." She had leased the billboards for five years.

Myers sought the help of Harrison lawyer Cathy Golden to remove the signs because the billboards were protected by freedom of speech rights.

The signs were taken down last week after Golden and colleague Kelsey Bardwell found the permits for the signage had expired. Arkansas Department of Transportation officials say the lessee failed to renew a 2-year permit.