The University of Virginia discovered a statue of Thomas Jefferson smeared with the phrase “racist + rapist” on Friday.
The vandalism likely occurred Friday, on the morning of the former president and UVA founder’s birthday, reported NBC29.
UVA students, alumni, and community members previously plastered a sign reading “Black Lives Matter — F*** White Supremacy” to the statue and covered it with a black shroud in September.
The protest has cleared, but the shroud on the Thomas Jefferson statue at the Rotunda remains. pic.twitter.com/BqYtCEtH5q
— Alexis Gravely (@_AlexisWasHere) September 13, 2017
The protesters chanted “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” and “If we don’t get it? Shut it down!”
Protestors surround shrouded statue of Thomas Jefferson pic.twitter.com/oEkoM5jGCO
— The Cavalier Daily (@cavalierdaily) September 13, 2017
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to UVA for comment but received none in time for press.
This report, by Rob Shimshock, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.