GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - The Goochland County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the people responsible for vandalism at Tuckahoe Plantation on Monday.
A passing motorist captured an image of three black females vandalizing the area.
“The message ‘we profit from slavery’ was painted on a pillar next to the driveway and on a Virginia Historical Marker,” the Goochland Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
Tuckahoe Plantation Owner Tad Thompson said he’s more sad than angry, but says the plantation is no stranger to cases like these.
“We work hard to share this place as best we can with the community and the public, and we hope that people would want to come to enjoy rather than destroy," Thompson said.
Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew tells us that around 12-40 Monday afternoon, the got a call from someone driving by the plantation that noticed three women vandalizing the posts and the historical marker.
The Sheriff says his deputies are now looking for three women, in a black Subaru SUV – but it won’t be an easy task, as he said “the license plate was either removed or obscured.”
According to online blog RVA Dirt, the act was done by an anonymous group that released a statement saying in part that “the demonstration at the plantation serves as a poignant reminder of Virginia’s troubled history.”
Sheriff Agnew says he believes this incident may be tied to recent vandalism at the capitol in which the fountain was dyed red.
In the meantime, Thompson says he’s extending an olive branch to those responsible.
“I’m anxious to forgive them and I would hope that they would want to learn more about the history of all Americans,” he added.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 804-556-5349 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.