Frederick Douglass statue in New York removed from base and damaged

A statue depicting abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York, was damaged after it was removed from its base.

The statue in Maplewood Park was toppled from its base over the weekend and left near the Genesee River gorge. It was found around 50 feet from its pedestal and “had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning against the fence.”

Both the base and lower part of the statue were damaged as well as a finger on its left hand. According to police, there was no sign of graffiti on the statue, which is now getting repaired, or in the park.

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