CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Denmark Vesey monument in Hampton Park was vandalized over the weekend, according to the City of Charleston.
Officials believe that the damage was done between noon Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
The granite base of the monument sustained “significant damage” as a result of the incident.
Mayor John Tecklenburg released the following statement:
“As with other recent acts of vandalism against our city’s monuments, we will repair this damage. We will work to punish those who did it. And we will never allow this kind of cowardly misconduct to divide our city or distract our citizens from the real and meaningful progress that we are all making together.”
Vesey was a former slave who bought his freedom and became a carpenter.
He planned a revolt against white slave owners, but was arrested and hanged before he could carry out the plan.
Activists like Pastor Thomas Dixon says he wants to see more evidence gathered on the vandalism.
“If there is evidence their that has not been treated forensically, dusted for finger prints and fibers, I expect the full extent of law enforcements capabilities,” Dixon says.
City officials say they are already planning repairs and The Charleston Police Department is investigating the vandalism.