A statue paid for with pennies contributed by Baltimore school children more than a century ago was found sprayed with red paint Monday morning.
Jennifer Arndt Robinson, executive director of Friends of Patterson Park, said the bronze statue of children holding a scroll to commemorate the writing of the Star Spangled Banner had been damaged by paint. The words “Racist Anthem” were sprayed on a sidewalk near the statue.
“We were notified early this morning of the incident,” Robinson said. “We are working with appropriate city officials to make sure it is addressed as quickly as possible.”
Robinson said a cannon near the statue also was hit by paint.
A spray paint can was recovered at the site and is being handed over to the Baltimore police, she said.
“While we recognize the issue of freedom of expression, there has to be more appropriate ways to have that conversation,” Robinson said.
Reginald Moore, city parks director, called the damage unfortunate. He said in a statement that city maintenance workers are working with the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation to assess the extent of the damage.
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SOURCE: LA Times, Jacques Kelly