Guilford to hire contractor to remove ‘BLM’ graffiti from Civil War monument

GUILFORD — The town will hire an outside contractor to remove graffiti that someone tagged over the weekend on a Civil War Monument — depicting a Union soldier — on the Guilford Town Green, First Selectman Matt Hoey said Monday.

“Someone apparently — Saturday night, we think — put that stuff on there,” Hoey said.

The graffiti includes “BLM” — apparently a reference to Black Lives Matter — in what appears to be black spray-paint on a face of the monument commemorating those who fought and died on Sept. 17, 1862, in the one-day battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Md., which resulted in a combined tally of 22,717 people dead, wounded, or missing.

Following the town’s policy, which is to remove all graffiti on town-owned property as quickly as possible, Parks and Recreation Department employees responded Monday morning but “were not completely successful” in removing the graffiti, Hoey said.

“So we’re calling an outside contractor,” he said.

The town’s policy is to remove all graffiti regardless of what it says, Hoey said.

The Civil War Monument, located in the center of the Green, commemorates the Guilford residents who gave their lives, as well as those who served, during the Civil War at the battles of Antietam, Md.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Fredricksburg, Va.; and Port Royal, S.C. It was dedicated on May 30, 1877.

Its inscription reads, “In memory of the men of Guilford who fell, and in honor of those who served, in the war for the Union, the grateful town erects this monument, that their example may speak to the coming generations.”

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