Tuesday, October 16, 2018

McKinley Statue Vandalized

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 11:32 AM

click to enlarge The statue of President McKinley was doused with an unknown substance. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The statue of President McKinley was doused with an unknown substance.
The statue of President William McKinley was doused overnight or early this morning with some sort of liquid that left a greenish patina discoloration down the front and back of the figure.

The Mad River Union reports the vandalism was discovered by a city worker and has been reported to the Arcata Police Department. The sergeant on the case was not immediately available for comment.

This, of course, is not the first time the bronze has been marred. Back in April of 2003, someone snapped off its thumb but it was later returned.

click to enlarge The backside of the McKinley statue. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The backside of the McKinley statue.
Next month, Arcata voters will decide the future of the statue, which has stood at the center of the plaza since 1906, with Measure M, which would prohibit the "modification, destruction, relocation from the historic place in the center of the Arcata Plaza of the President William McKinley statue and/or its base."

The ballot initiative was a response to the Arcata City Council’s controversial February vote to take down the monument to the nation’s 25th president. Read  previous Journal coverage on the issue here, here and here.
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