Vandalism or not? Signs pop up on Monument Ave monuments

Published: Dec. 16, 2011 at 2:30 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2011 at 4:01 AM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Tonight, we are investigating several signs that have popped up on several monuments along Monument Avenue. The signs are on the monuments involving Civil War men, and depict images of people influential in civil rights.

When you run or drive down Monument Avenue, you cant miss the towering monuments, etched into history. But it may take a closer look to catch one of the small white signs, with quite a different message.

"It makes people look. It makes people think! I've never seen anything quite like it," said Monument Ave resident Olivia Coffey.

The signs, on white circular pieces of wood, show the outline of faces that have been influential in the fight for civil rights -- including prominent slaves and an interracial couple that fought to break down barriers in the sixties.

Underneath each painting is a white cloth stapled on with a bio of each person.

The small signs are on the JEB Stuart, Stonewall Jackson and Jeff Davis monuments. But not on those not involved with the Civil War.

Whoever put these signs up wanted to make sure they didn't come down easily. They are literally screwed onto the fences surrounding the monuments. Just who the culprit is, is just one big question tonight.

"I think it's definitely an act of vandalism, but I support what they are trying to do by spreading information and history to the people of Richmond," said Erika King.

"I guess you would have to say this is vandalism," Coffey said.

Richmond police tell us -- this may be an act of vandalism.

Still - several we talked with tonight support the message.

"If you are going to be going by the books, they should probably come down, but I support what they are trying to do," added Erika.

Both Capitol and Richmond Police checked out the monuments. We'll keep you posted on what happens, as it develops.

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