Per Atiya Collins:
A Frederick Douglas statue in Maplewood Park was removed from its base overnight.
Bits of the statue are scattered around.
A Frederick Douglas statue in Maplewood Park was removed from its base overnight. pic.twitter.com/J43hqxuHTT
— Atyia Collins (@Atyia_Collins) July 5, 2020
— Ben Densieski (@BenDensieski) July 5, 2020
Accordingly, he was described by abolitionists in his time as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Likewise, Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.
Per WROC, the statue was one of 13 placed throughout the city in 2018, and this is the second monument to be vandalized.
Julius Jackson Jr was there for the first incident, which involved drunk college students, and he is hoping the recent act is also one of un-targeted mischief.
“We’ve been down this road before I actually spoke to the vandals of the first one,” said Rev Julius D Jackson Jr., Alpha phi aplah fraternity. “I would like to believe it’s not that, it was just some kids. But it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s some retaliatory, something going on.”
Maplewood park was picked for the monument because of the link to the underground railroad.
“I feel to put a monument back here immediately so who ever did this know that we are not going to be deterred from what our objective is and our objective is to continually celebrate Frederick Douglass,” said Eison.
“They can topple over this monument, they could go topple over all of them, this monument will still stand because the ideas behind it are bigger than the monument,” said Eison.
The monument has since been taken in for repairs. Police say they are investigating the incident.