A statue of Frederick Douglass was torn down during the night over the Fourth of July weekend in Rochester, New York.
Douglass, a well known abolitionist, was born into slavery but escaped in the 1800's. He then became e a national leader for the movement to end slavery.
Why his statue would be torn down is beyond me.
Local WXXI News reported:
Rochester Police are investigating damage done to a statue of Frederick Douglass in Maplewood Park. It happened over the weekend, and police say that the statue was torn off its base, and left about 50 feet from its pedestal. The statue had been placed over the fence to Genesee River gorge and was leaning against the fence.
Police say in addition to the damage at the bottom of the statue, one of the fingers on the left hand of the statue was damaged. Aside from that damage, there was no graffiti on the statue or in the surrounding park. The statue has been removed for repairs.
The torn down statue was “one of 13 Douglass statues that were placed around Rochester in 2018 in honor of his 200th birthday.”
This is not the first time a statue of Douglass has been destroyed. In 2018, one of the statues was defaced by a couple of teenagers who claim they were drunk at the time of the incident, and there was no political motive. However, there is an eyewitness who disagreed.
So far, there is no report of motive for the statue removal.
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