Natalie Allison, USA TODAY, April 27, 2018
For the first time in the history of The Hermitage, the tomb of President Andrew Jackson has been covered after being vandalized.
It’s the first time vandalism has occurred at Jackson’s tomb since the nation’s seventh president was buried in 1845 beside his wife, Rachel, in a tomb on the grounds of their Nashville-area home.
Vandals marred the stone covers of the graves of the former First couple with black and red spray paint, writing out the word “killer” along with profanities and anarchist symbols, According to Kittel.
Until the stones are repaired, the tomb will remain covered “with respect for Andrew and Rachel Jackson and the home’s visitors,” according to the statement.
Last year, on the 250th anniversary of Jackson’s birth, President Donald Trump visited The Hermitage and placed a wreath at the tomb.
President from 1829 to 1837, Jackson’s legacy has been marked by controversy.
He secured Congress’ passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, allowing the federal government to force Native Americans from land in the Southeast and prompting the Trail of Tears, as well as bought slaves to operate his more than 1,000-acre cotton plantation and mansion.