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Jefferson Statue on UVA Lawn Vandalized

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Statue of Thomas Jefferson vandalized with the words "Racist + Rapist" spray painted on it Statue of Thomas Jefferson vandalized with the words "Racist + Rapist" spray painted on it
Statue of Thomas Jefferson along the UVA Lawn Statue of Thomas Jefferson along the UVA Lawn
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The sitting statue of President Thomas Jefferson on the University of Virginia Lawn was vandalized, likely during the overnight hours.

The statue had the words "Racist + Rapist" spray-painted in red on it early Friday, April 13. Crews had cleaned off the words later Friday morning.

UVA released a statement, saying in part, "The university is disappointed that individuals vandalized the statue of Thomas Jefferson on the Lawn on the day that we honor his contributions to our University and to our democracy."

The university said it recognizes the complexities of Jefferson's legacy and continues to explore them fully and honestly. It added that vandalism does not solve any problems.

Friday marks Founder's Day, which celebrates Jefferson's 275th birthday. He founded the University of Virginia in 1819.

The University of Virginia Police Department is investigating the incident.


04/13/2018 Statement from the University of Virginia:

The university is disappointed that individuals vandalized the statue of Thomas Jefferson on the Lawn on the day that we honor his contributions to our University and to our democracy.

The university recognizes the complexities of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy and continues to explore them fully and honestly.

UVA welcomes open and civil discourse on such important issues. However, acts of vandalism do not contribute to meaningful discussion.

Crews from Facilities Management are removing the vandalism, and the University Police Department is investigating the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact UPD at 434-924-7166.