DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – For the third time in a weeks time, a Confederate statute has been vandalized in the Triangle, this time in front of the old courthouse in Durham.
Durham County records show that a property damage call was reported around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at 200 E. Main St. in Durham.
Someone spray-painted “black lives matter” on the statue. Durham Public Works crews quickly power-washed the monument.
One Durham resident told WNCN that he was upset to hear about the graffiti and sais vandalism does not represent what the ‘black lives matter’ movement stands for.
“I’m deeply disappointed this took place,” said Dr. Russell Robinson of Durham. “I don’t stand for anything [the] Confederate flag is about, but I also feel we have to use the proper channels. This only escalates matters in my opinion,” Russell said.
Over the weekend, the “Silent Sam” statue on the University of North Carolina’s campus in Chapel Hill was vandalized. The school plans to clean up the spray painted later Tuesday.
Last week a Confederate monument at a Durham cemetery was also vandalized with spray paint. In both of those cases, “Black lives matter” was spray-painted on the monuments.
Police have not said if they have a suspect in this case or the others. Authorities have not said if they think the same person may be responsible for all three incidents.