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Confederate statue in Georgia was destroyed to the tune of $200 a GRAM, officials say

A statue of a Southern soldier in the Georgia cemetery was severely vandalized.

(Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune)

A statue of a Southern soldier who was standing high above on a Georgia cemetery was heavily damaged, with the statue the hands and the gun is cut off and his face slapped.

Someone or a group of people entered the Myrtle Hill Cemetery on Wednesday, for damage to the monument, which was built in 1887.

“It seemed like it was surgically cut,” Rome City Manager Sammy Rich told the Rome News-Tribune. “It’s just super disappointing that someone would go to that much trouble to get there, put a ladder or anything to reach.”

Cemetery Director Stan Rogers an estimate of the value of the damage at $200,000, the newspaper reported.

The statue’s hands and gun were cut off.

(Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune)

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The vandalism comes in the midst of a national debate on the question of whether Confederate monuments should be taken. In the U.S., at least 25 cities and towns have been deleted or moved Southern monuments.

The monument was removed and the city will try to determine if it can be fixed and put back.

Crews examined the damage to the statue.

(Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune)

The cemetery gates are locked to vehicles, but anyone could walk by foot up the hill.

The police said they are investigating the incident, but not any leads yet.

 

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