Jefferson Statue on UVA Lawn Vandalized

WVIR-TV, April 13, 2018

The sitting statue of President Thomas Jefferson on the University of Virginia Lawn was vandalized, likely during the overnight hours.

The statue had the words “Racist + Rapist” spray-painted in red on it early Friday, April 13. Crews had cleaned off the words later Friday morning.

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The university said it recognizes the complexities of Jefferson’s legacy and continues to explore them fully and honestly. {snip}

Friday marks Founder’s Day, which celebrates Jefferson’s 275th birthday. He founded the University of Virginia in 1819.

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