John Brown statue in Kansas City, Kan. vandalized

Statue sat at historic Quindaro ruins site

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A statue of famed abolitionist John Brown was found vandalized over the weekend.

Our sister television station KSHB in Kansas City says a local historian found the statue with racist graffiti Sunday morning.  The statue, erected in 1911, sits at 29th and Sewell, near Interstate 635, south of the Missouri River.

The site is the location of the Quindaro town ruins.  Quindaro was a free port and abolitionist community where Brown once lived.

Local historian Fred Whitehead tells KSHB he found the anti slavery statue covered in swastikas and racial slurs Sunday morning.  A cleaning crew from the Unified government of Wyandotte/Kansas City, Kansas are working to clean the statue.

the incident has been reported to police.

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