Nantucket African-American Historical Site Vandalized

Mar 12, 2018

Nantucket Police tweeted this photo of community members cleaning off the vandalism.
Credit Town of Nuntucket Twitter / Nantucket Police

An African-American historical site in Nantucket was vandalized with racist graffiti on March 11th.

The Cape Cod Times reported that community members and public works employees spent Sunday morning scrubbing the spray-painted racist and sexually explicit slurs off of the front door of the 19th century African Meeting House. Nantucket Police Chief William Pittman called the vandalism "a senseless crime," and said it appeared to be "a hate crime directed at persons of color."

The building dates to roughly 1827 when it was as a church, a school for African children, and a meeting house. According to the Museum of African American History, it is the only public structure remaining on Nantucket Island that is "identifiably central" to the history of the African community of the 18th and 19th centuries.