Plymouth Rock and nearby historic monuments were vandalized with red spray paint on Sunday night in the lead up to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The Boston Globe reported graffiti was found on Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrim Maiden statue, and the National Monument to the forefathers. “508” and “MOF” were painted across Plymouth Rock.
Melissa Arrighi, the town manager, tweeted her disappointment with the vandalism.
“We are saddened and sickened by the recent vandalism in our historic town,” Arrighi tweeted. “We will begin clean up as soon as possible and the police are investigating.
We are saddened and sickened by the recent vandalism in our historic town. This is just one of our historic monuments that was hit. We will begin clean up as soon as possible and the police are investigating. pic.twitter.com/kQeTxO7sor
— Melissa Arrighi (@MelissaArrighi) February 17, 2020
According to the Boston Globe, the owner of East Coast Power-washing and lifelong Plymouth resident Jake Mowles volunteered to remove the red spray paint on his own dime and time.
“The town spent a lot of money beautifying the area for the anniversary. So we decided to volunteer our time to clean it up. I own the company so it won’t cost much out of pocket, and we love our town,” Mowles told the Boston Globe.
Authorities have made no arrests but are investigating the incident.