The white marble statue of Christopher Columbus was vandalized on Monday night at the namesake park on Boston’s North End waterfront. On the back of the foundation block, the words “Black Lives Matter” were written.
A large amount of red paint was poured over the top and sides of the statue. A trail of the red paint led to the container being found on Commercial Street near the Sargent’s Wharf parking lot.
On Tuesday morning, the Boston Parks Department worked on cleaning and restoring the statue.
The statue in Christopher Columbus Park has been defaced with red paint in the past, often around Columbus Day. In 2006, the head of the statue was cut off in 2006 and went missing for six days.
Photos by Stephen Passacantilli.