NANTUCKET (CBS) – Police are searching for the person who wrote “N—– Leave” on the front door of a historic African-American building in Massachusetts.

Nantucket Police said the vandalism was reported Sunday morning at the African Meeting House building on York Street.

In addition to the racist graffiti, a “phallic symbol” was also painted on the building.

nantucket N      Leave Spray Painted On Historic African American Building

Racist graffiti on a historic African-American building on Nantucket. (Image Credit: Nantucket Police)

Police believe the graffiti was done sometime between 4 p.m. Saturday and 6:45 a.m. on Sunday.

Officers are canvasing the neighborhood trying to find anyone who saw suspicious activity overnight.

The African Meeting House dates back to 1827.

“This senseless act is not only a senseless crime but an attack on the rich history of this very community,” police said.

Marito Rivero, the Museum of African-American History director, said Nantucket residents showed up to clean off the graffiti once news spread.

“Wonderful outpouring from the Nantucket residents. They were just universally terrific to surround our team and our staff with that kind of positive energy,” said Rivero.

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