Florida cops are investigating the defacement of a Confederate monument erected more than a century ago to honor “the Uncrowned Heroes of the Southern Confederacy.”
According to Pensacola police, the granite monument was damaged overnight by a vandal who spray painted the words “Confed Lives Don’t Matter” on it. Cops estimated the damage at about $1000.
In a press release, Police Chief David Alexander III said, “We are investigating this as possible felony criminal mischief because of the extent of damage.”
Erected in 1891, the Civil War memorial contains an inscription saluting soldiers for “unchallenged devotion and matchless heroism” that “shall continue to be the wonder and inspiration of the ages.”
The monument is in the center of Pensacola's Lee Square, which was named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee.