Black Civil War Memorial Defaced By Latest Riots
Protesters and rioters incensed by the death of George Floyd destroyed at least 16 memorials and statues in Boston, including one dedicated to black soldiers.
The Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial, a sculpture dedicated to black soldiers who fought in the Civil War, was damaged after thousands of protesters descended on Boston Common to protest police brutality against black people, according to Boston NPR affiliate WBUR.
“This monument is considered one of the nation’s greatest pieces of public art and the greatest piece to come out of the Civil War,” Liz Vizza, the executive director of the Friends of the Public Garden, said. “It was, amazingly enough, dedicated 123 years ago on May 31 — the day it was defaced.”
The Shaw memorial depicts likenesses of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first black volunteer infantry unit in the Civil War, which fought after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Peaceful protest on #BostonCommon demanding racial justice. Hard to see legitimate protest turn destructive #Shaw54thRegimentMemorial. Conservators on the way to clean the grafitti on all monuments in the #threeparks. @bostonparksdept pic.twitter.com/dGzrVbFZia
— Friends of the Public Garden (@FOPG) June 1, 2020
“That memorial is sacred to black Boston and to our country,” Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said about the vandalism. “This was the very last thing that our city, quite honestly, needed.”
Graffiti was found at the base of other statues in the park, including the George Washington Statue, the 9/11 memorial, and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument atop a hill on Boston Common.
Some of the peaceful protests in response to the death of Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis turned violent in Boston, including a situation on Tuesday when state troopers say bottles and fireworks were thrown at them by an unruly mob.
Author: Andrew Mark Miller
Source: Washington Examiner: George Floyd rioters deface 16 Boston statues, including memorial honoring black Civil War regiment