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Woman Arrested For Vandalizing Boston Statue

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Yellow paint on Shaw Memorial in Boston.

Yellow paint on Shaw Memorial in Boston.

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BOSTON (CBS) – A woman was arrested for vandalizing a statue in the Boston Common Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses saw the suspect throwing yellow paint on the Shaw Memorial, which features a statue of Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment.

A source says the woman, 38-year-old Rosemine Occean of Quincy, vandalized the statue because she does not think it is historically accurate.

Occean was arrested at the scene with yellow paint on her hands, face and clothes. She was charged with Willful and Malicious Destruction to City Property.

The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial serves as a reminder of the heavy cost paid by individuals and families during the Civil War. It was dedicated in 1897.

In particular, it’s a tribute to the group of men who were among the first African Americans to fight in that war.

The scene on the memorial depicts the 54th Regiment marching down Beacon Street on May 28, 1863 as they left Boston to head south.

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