Statue of Frederick Douglass vandalized in Rochester, NY Park

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ROCHESTER, NY – Rochester police were trying to determine Monday who had ripped a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from its base on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches made in north New York State in 1852. Douglass’ statue was taken Sunday at Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped transport the slaves to freedom. The statue was found at the edge of the Genesee River gorge about 50 feet (15 meters) from its pedestal, police said. The base and a finger were damaged.

As President Donald Trump and others point out possible culprits, Rochester police chief La’Ron Singletary warned that investigators still did not understand why the “discouraging” act of vandalism product.

“Right now, for me, guessing would be pure speculation,” Singletary told reporters at a press conference.

Singletary said investigators will examine the camera footage.

In Rochester, July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech “What is the slave on July 4”, in which he called the celebration of freedom a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its black citizens.

For a slave, Douglass declared that independence day is “a day which reveals to him, more than any other day of the year, the blatant injustice and cruelty of which he is the constant victim”.

Carvin Eison, a project leader who brought the Douglass statue to the park, told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle that another statue will take its place because the damage is too great.

“Is this a kind of reprisal because of the national fever that is currently rampant against Confederate monuments? Very disappointing, it’s more than disappointing, ā€¯Eison told WROC.

Statues of Confederate leaders have been toppled or vandalized recently in the country. But the destruction of a statue in honor of the famous abolitionist triggered a wave of public mourning and fingerings on social networks.

Trump tweeted a link to an article on vandalism on Monday and said, without providing evidence, that he “shows that these anarchists have no limits!” “

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