Plymouth Rock, other landmarks vandalized as 400th anniversary of Pilgrims' landing approaches

by Laura Mize · Feb 18th, 2020 10:42 am

Plymouth Rock, which is honored as the site where the Pilgrims landed in North America following their journey across the Atlantic Ocean, was vandalized overnight Sunday.

Residents awoke Monday to find a mess of red paint on the famous rock, which is inscribed with "1620," the year of the Pilgrim's landing. Other town landmarks, including the Pilgrim Maiden statue and four seashell-shaped signs made for the 400th anniversary also were marked with graffiti. Another sign commemorating our nation's forefathers was vandalized, as well.

Melissa Arrighi, town manager of Plymouth, tweeted, "We are saddened and sickened by the recent vandalism in our historic town."

Plymouth Rock and the shell signs were cleaned up Monday. Police are investigating the incident.

The town of Plymouth will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim's landing starting in late April.


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