HULL, Mass. — Police are investigating after anti-Semitic and racist graffiti was found spray-painted all over a historic park in Hull earlier this week.
Hull police said the graffiti, found Monday morning on walls and grounds of Fort Revere by visitors to the site, featured swastikas, messages such as "Hitler 2020" and "KKK," as well as "crude drawings," according to a news release from the Hull Police Department.
Many of the graffiti items also had a sticker slapped on them that featured a purple-faced woman, police said.
The park, located on 8 acres on Telegraph Hill, is a historic site and includes a military history museum and a burial ground for French soldiers who died fighting in the American Revolution.
Police believe someone tagged the park sometime between Saturday and Sunday night over the Labor Day weekend and left behind "several items" of evidence.
“The desecration of this historic monument will not be tolerated and to see that the graffiti was anti-Semitic and racist is especially disturbing,” Chief John Dunn said in a statement. "This is not something that will be written off as ‘kids being kids.’ There is no place for hate in our society. These kinds of messages instill fear in members of our community.”
So far police say they do not have any suspects, but they are asking anyone who recognizes the purple sticker that was found in numerous places to contact them. The evidence that was left behind is being processed by Hull police detectives and the Plymouth County Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the statement said.
A gathering for the community is planned for Thursday in response to the hateful messages. Rabbi David Grossman, of Temple Beth Shalom, is inviting people to join together at the park at 10:30.
Anyone with information on the incident or who recognizes the purple sticker is asked to contact Hull police at 781-925-1212.
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