"Live asses will kick at dead lions" ~ Admiral Raphael Semmes CSN
Overnight in Richmond, several of our monuments were vandalized by "peaceful protestors" when hundreds of VCU students marched through Richmond, blocking traffic on city streets and interstates, shouting obscenities, and protesting the election results.
Some time during the night, the Matthew Fontaine Maury and Jefferson Davis monuments were vandalized. "YOUR VOTE WAS A HATE CRIME" was spray painted in red on both monuments.
We have inspected the monuments this morning and contacted Richmond Police and Richmond Parks & Rec, which overseas the monuments. The police reported that an investigation is underway and the city has reportedly issued work orders for the removal of the graffiti. We encourage you to keep the pressure on by calling (804) 646-1087 to inquire about the clean up. Let them know that these monuments are important and that you want them cleaned up ASAP.
It was reported that the Robert E Lee monument was also desecrated. (This monument is owned and maintained by the Commonwealth). Calls to the State Capitol Police this morning were quickly returned and they reported that a work order had already been issued for clean up and that they intended to step up their evening patrols. When we inspected the monument this morning, it appeared that clean up was already underway.
We let law enforcement know that we would be stepping up our Monument Guards as well over the next few days. If you are in the Richmond area and would like to assist with these patrols, please contact us at email@example.com for more information.