ALBEMARLE, NC (WBTV) - A statue that was erected in 1925 to honor the memory of Stanly County's Confederate veterans was vandalized sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.
The statue is located in Liberty Gardens at the corner of W. Main and Depot Streets in downtown Albemarle, and features a Confederate soldier in uniform, facing north.
"Sometime between 10:00 pm last night and 8:00 am this morning, unknown persons wrote graffiti on the statue that is located downtown," Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton said on Thursday afternoon.
Chief Halliburton says no one has claimed responsibility for the vandalism.
The base of the statue has now been covered with black spray paint and the words "Black Lives Matter," as well as a quote that reads "Jesus lived in a time of racism and he spoke and acted courageously in contradicting the norms of the day. So must we." A form of that quote is attributed to Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans in a letter published earlier this week in the newspaper of the archdiocese.
Anyone with information on the spray painting of the statue is asked to contact Crime Stoppers in Albemarle at 704-984-9511.