A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was toppled in Rochester, New York on Sunday, dragged 50 feet, and left on the brink of the Genesee River gorge, according to police.
The statue was torn down from where it stood inside Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and other abolitionists helped shuttle slaves to freedom. The crime occurred on the 168th anniversary of Douglass's famous 1852 speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July."
Douglass escaped slavery in 1838 and settled in Rochester for three decades.
"It's particularly painful that it happened at this time," said Carvin Eison, a leader in the effort to bring the memorial to the city.
The damage to the statue is too great for it to be repaired.