Tennessee Confederate monument vandalized with red paint

A Confederate monument in Nashville's Centennial Park was vandalized with red paint and the message "They were racists." Monday, June 17, 2019. (Photo: Brooklyn Dance / The Tennessean)

NASHVILLE — Red paint and the phrase “they were racists” were discovered on a Confederate monument in a Nashville, Tennessee, park.

Police say they found the vandalism Monday at the Confederate Private Monument in Centennial Park. Red liquid was doused on the statue and the phrase was scrawled on a plaque with the names of more than 500 Tennessee Confederate soldiers.

News outlets report police are reviewing footage from cameras in the park.

The Metro Nashville Police Department told news outlets there hasn’t been a vandalism incident like this in the park in nearly seven years.

The Tennessean reports the Confederate monument is one of two in the county, with about 70 more across the state.

More about the vandalism from The Tennessean.