A second historic monument was vandalized Tuesday morning on peninsular Charleston in the wake of a racially motivated shooting that killed nine people last week at Emanuel AME Church.
Red spray paint scrawled on a Marion Square statue of John C. Calhoun labeled the 1800s statesman and secessionist a “racist,” pictures captured by WCSC-TV showed.
The graffiti was scrubbed off the monument later in the morning.
An officer found the vandalism while on patrol shortly after 10 a.m., Charleston police reported. An arrest has not been made.
Another statue on The Battery was vandalized Sunday with the message “Black lives matter.”
The words, “This is the problem #racist,” also was spray painted on the monument for the “Confederate Defenders of Charleston — Fort Sumter.”
That monument was placed at the site by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Sunday’s damage was reported to police dispatchers and residents wrapped a large tarp around it to cover the graffiti.
That case remains under investigation by Charleston police.
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