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.READ MORE: Rain Returns, Heavy Tuesday With Threat Of Flooding And Damaging Winds
In addition to the racist graffiti, a “phallic symbol” was also painted on the building.
Police believe the graffiti was done sometime between 4 p.m. Saturday and 6:45 a.m. on Sunday.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
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.MORE NEWS: Bob Neumeier, Longtime Sportscaster In Boston And At WBZ-TV, Dies At 70
“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.