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Posted on: May 8, 2017

City Police, Parks Departments Inspect Denmark Vesey Statue; Caulking Repairs to Begin Tomorrow

Today, City of Charleston spokesman Jack O’Toole released the following statement with regard to reports of vandalism involving the statue of Denmark Vesey in Charleston’s Hampton Park:

“In response to concerns about possible vandalism of the statue of Denmark Vesey in Hampton Park, City of Charleston Police and Parks Department officials conducted a thorough inspection of the statue and surrounding area earlier today. They noted two areas of concern.

"First, the original caulking at the base of the statue's platform has deteriorated, which is typically the result of changing weather conditions over time.

"Second, there is a very small chip on the left front corner of the platform itself, which had not been noted previously by city officials.

"The Parks Department will begin caulking repairs tomorrow, and is currently evaluating options to repair the chip.

"This statue of Denmark Vesey is a critical symbol of our citizens' continuing commitment to racial reconciliation, and city officials will be keeping a close eye on it to ensure that it is protected from further damage or deterioration."
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