Plymouth Rock, several other monuments vandalized with graffiti

Plymouth Rock, several other monuments vandalized with graffiti
Several monuments, including Plymouth Rock, were vandalized and covered in spray paint. (Boston 25 News /Boston 25 News)

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — State and local police in Massachusetts are searching for vandals who defaced several historic landmarks in Plymouth overnight, including Plymouth Rock.

The Maiden Lady and the National Monument to the Forefathers were just some of the other sites targeted with red spray paint. The graffiti was discovered Monday morning and was quickly reported to the police, WFXT reported.

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Plymouth Rock marks where the Pilgrims landed the Mayflower 400 years ago. The date, 1620, is chiseled into the rock.

Crews with the State Department of Conservation and Recreation and Plymouth’s own Parks Department used a special solution with paint remover to power wash the graffiti off the landmarks.

Those crews also got some help from volunteers.

Jake Mowles, who owns East Coast Powerwashing, got busy cleaning one of the monuments free of charge.

“We were pretty upset about it, we’ve spent a lot of money this year or the town has spent a lot of money rehabilitating the whole town here and it’s pretty disgraceful for somebody to do this,” Mowles told WFXT. “If we have the resources to do it and can come out and take care of it for them, that’s why we’re doing it.”

Plymouth’s park superintendent said it will likely take several days to clean up all of the graffiti.