The statue of Abraham Lincoln was recently set on fire and vandalized in Chicago, according to an alderman who posted the picture of the charred bust on Facebook.
What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism, wrote Alderman Ray Lopez.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln, erected by Phil Bloomquist on August 31, 1926, was damaged and burned, he added.
The statue is located at the corner of West 69th Street and South Wolcott Avenue. Google Street View images from 2015 shot the statue resting on the corner. Statue of Abraham Lincoln on South Wolcott Avenue in Chicago in 2015. (Google Maps)
Lopez is asking anyone with information about the act of vandalism to contact police or his office immediately.
If anyone has any information regarding this act, please contact the police or my office immediately, he said.
Lincoln, a Republican, was the 16th president of the United States. He led the country through the Civil War and abolished slavery.
On Wednesday someone used red spray paint to vandalize the Lincoln National Monument in Washington. The vandal wrote [expletive] law on the column at the top of the steps that lead up to the statue of seated Lincoln. Vandals graffiti on the Lincoln National Memorial on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (National Park Service)
The graffiti was found at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, NBC reported. Preservation crews were working to remove the paint, using a mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper to take off the paint safely.
On Monday, vandals toppled a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina. Police arrested a member of the communist Workers World Party and two other suspects in connection to the incident.
Late on Saturday night, a Confederate statue was vandalized with orange paint in Kentucky. City workers started cleaning the statue dedicated to Confederate soldier John B. Castleman on Monday. Municipal workers attempt to remove paint from a monument dedicated to Confederate soldier John B. Castleman that was vandalized late Saturday night in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 14, 2017. (Bryan Woolston/Reuters)
The Kentucky and North Carolina incidents were triggered by violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. People protesting the removal of a Confederate statue there, including extremist white supremacists, clashed with armed and violent members of the Antifa extremist group.
Communist Party Member Arrested for Confederate Statue Vandalism in Durham
Deputies arrested a 22-year-old member of the far-left communist Workers World Party on Tuesday, Aug. 15, and charged her with vandalism for toppling a Confederate statue in Durham on Monday, Fox News reported.
Takiya Fatima Thompson was seen bringing a ladder up to the Confederate Soldiers Monument in front of old courthouse as a crowd of rioters cheered. She then tied a rope around the nearly century-old statue to help topple it.
Several rioters then proceeded to kick and stomp the downed bronze statue, which depicts a soldier with a rifle. The work was commissioned in 1929. A man who was marching in a protest on the toppled statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the old Durham County Courthouse in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 14, 2017. (Kate Medley/Reuters)
Thompson, a college student, now faces charges for vandalism, property damage, and rioting, according to the Durham County Sheriffs Office.
Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said that he has identified several others involved in the vandalism and his deputies are now looking for the suspects to press criminal charges.
Let me be clear, no one is getting away with what happened. We will find the people responsible, Andrews said on Tuesday afternoon.
We can all agree yesterday went too far. Yesterday was not the Durham that I know.
North Carolinas Democratic governor likewise condemned the vandalism.
The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments, Gov. Roy Copper wrote on Twitter. A Sheriffs deputy near the toppled statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the old Durham County Courthouse in Durham, N.C., U.S. Aug. 14, 2017. (Kate Medley/Reuters)
The toppling of the statue in Durham on Monday was triggered by events in Charlottesville on Friday and Saturday. Members of various groups, including white nationalists, and neo-Nazis, gathered to protest the removal of a Confederate statue there. They were met with counterprotesters, some of whom were armed and violent members of the extremist Antifa organization. Armed members of the Antifa extremist group wait outside Emancipation Park to hurl insults as members of various groups, including white nationalists and neo-Nazis, are forced out after the Unite the Right rally was declared an unlawful gathering Aug. 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Clashes started on Friday and continued on Saturday, culminating in a car attack that killed one counterprotester and injured 19 others.
The communist Workers World Party, which Thompson is a member of, was founded in 1959. One of the organizational goals of the communists in America is to discredit American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression, according remark read into the Congressional Record, based on a book exposing the communist agenda in the United States.
One communist cell was told explicitly to eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, replacing it with meaningless and shapeless forms.