McLaws Monument in Savannah’s Forsyth Park vandalized overnight

ByCyreia SandlinandJennifer Lifsey|June 11, 2020 at 8:30 AM EDT - Updated June 11 at 8:50 AM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The monument to Lafayette McLaws, which stands in front of the Confederate Memorial in Forsyth Park, was vandalized overnight.

A white hood was placed on top of the bust, and a black fist spray-painted on the text of the monument.

Lafayette McLaws was a major general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and died in Savannah on July 24th, 1897, according to the monument.

In Georgia, lawmakers passed a law in 2019 to protect all state statues and monuments. It makes it illegal to deface, abuse, or remove monuments on state-owned property. This law includes the protection of Confederate monuments as well.

WTOC is making calls to the City of Savannah and will update this story.

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