BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore historians are working to figure out the best way to remove paint from a delicate statue in Patterson Park after the statue, which honors the national anthem, was damaged by vandals earlier this week.

The Star-Spangled Banner Centennial Monument is still cloaked in red paint, and the clean up project is so delicate, it is now in the hands of historians, who are hoping to clean it without doing any further damage.

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From bronze, to blood red.

A century-old statue commemorating the battle of Baltimore is wrapped up in a battle of its own after someone discovered it doused in red paint early Monday morning.

The words ‘Racist Anthem’ were spray painted on the sidewalk in front of the statue, and that has already been scrubbed from the sidewalk.

“Certainly we were disappointed that it had been targeted, but we understand freedom of expression,” Jennifer Robinson, with Friends of Patterson Park. “We just think that this conversation could be had in a more productive way.”

Those who live nearby say they are absolutely disappointed.

“I’ve got tears in my eyes because it’s not a racial thing, it’s a children thing,” said Ann-Louise Novak, who lives nearby.

The statue has looked out over the southeast corner of the city for more than 100 years, and its age is part of the challenge of cleaning up this mess.

Historians who care for the city’s monuments are now tasked with major restoration.

“They’re working with a conservator to make sure the paint is removed from the statue in the best way not to harm the statue,” Robinson said. “And then they’ll do a restorative coat on the outside of it.”

Last September, the Francis Scott Key Memorial in Bolton Hill was sprayed with the same words.

The message is tied to a line about slavery in the third verse of the national anthem, which some interpret as racist.

The city is now wondering how they can prevent other statues from meeting the same fate, as they start cleanup on yet another star-spangled statue.

WJZ has been told the plan for restoration is in progress.

The friends of Patterson Park is asking the public to let the experts handle the clean up.

Mayor Catherine Pugh released a statement earlier this week saying they will find the person responsible.

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Comments (43)
  1. Jack Cade says:

    Whites find a pile of bricks and build a city. Blacks find a city and leave a pile of bricks. It was good to know you, Baltimore.

  2. S***hole, … not just for foreign nations.

  3. Phil Davison says:

    Obama kneelers at work.

  4. “Certainly we were disappointed that it had been targeted, but we understand freedom of expression,” Jennifer Robinson, with Friends of Patterson Park.

    This is the problem. Vandalism is now excused as “freedom of expression.”

    What a joke.

  5. “When you hear the Bugle Call, We shall stand straight and tall! We are the people of this great land!”
    “When you hear the Bells of Freedom Ring, We shall rise and We shall sing! This is the Greatest land,
    for one and All!”

  6. It appears that many blacks hate this country and what it stands for .I guess they would be better off in an African sh –t hole

  7. Tom Masters says:

    Who gave them space to express themselves this time?

  8. Reed Smith says:

    Democrats and Democrat sympathizers did this…remember that later this year and in 2020

  9. Leftists destroy Anyone and Anything they come in contact with. I doubt they even know it, but the party they belong to welcomes them with Open arms..

  10. John Folger says:

    use a nonsynthetic brush with short brissels no acid usa a strong salvent

  11. TIme to find and destroy these traitors in America….kill em all

  12. Joel Goodman says:


  13. Mike Miller says:

    Did that lady say it was unfortunate the statue was a target of freedom of expression?
    What an idiot!
    This world has too many spineless PC bots.
    Criminal vandalism it is and nothing but!
    Show some patriotic outrage you gutless fool!

  14. Tom Carsley says:

    Use the blood of the people that did it.

  15. Morey Ladini says:

    The Baltimore Mayor will compromise by having the figures recarved with their pants hanging down below their butts.

  16. Lynn Wood says:

    The city cannot face this continual expense of cleaning vandalized monuments. The monuments need to be moved to a safe place and put under security. Oh, that would cost money too. Well just have to destroy the monuments in order to be fiscally responsible.

    That is the logic today.

  17. harris9513 says:

    What the he77 is that woman standing there tittering about “free speech” and “we can have this discussion somewhere else?” It is exactly namby-pamby reactions like this that CONDONE this kind of destruction of civilized society. Maybe she doesn’t understand if she’d happened to be out there with the criminals – SHE might have been targeted for destruction. Acting like it’s “no big deal” is a danger to everybody.

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