RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A monument honoring the women of the Confederacy in downtown Raleigh near the Capitol has been vandalized, Raleigh police said Tuesday morning.
Authorities said two people spray-painted “Black lives matter” on the monument.
A Raleigh police officer spotted the graffiti and when officers arrived on the scene at 3:30 a.m., the paint was still wet, officials said.
The same slogan has been painted on the Silent Sam statute on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus and Durham’s Confederate memorial outside the old county courthouse.
The monument was erected in 1914.
Police said there are security cameras pointed right at the park where the statue is located.
The City-County Bureau of Investigation is processing evidence found near the scene, and State Capitol Police officers are reviewing video from several security cameras.
“It’s just a matter of time before the suspects are identified,” said State Capitol Police Maj. Anthony Moss. “Vandalism of state property of any kind will not be tolerated.”
The monument was covered with a black bag Tuesday morning to cover up the spray paint. It then took several hours of scrubbing and pressure washing to get the paint off the monument.
Several people stopped to watch the cleaning up of the monument. They said they were disappointed it was vandalized and said spray painting monuments isn’t an effective way to protest.
“It’s a horrible way to show your pain, but it expresses pain,” said Ellen Baxter of Raleigh.
“You can make your point – you don’t have to disturb anything or tear up anything, especially a monument to women and children,” said Mark Sweat of Raleigh. ”
Raleigh Police and Capitol Police are working together to catch who did it.