Restricted Underground Railroad monument vandalized

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DETROIT (FOX 2) - The Gateway to Freedom International Memorial is a monument featuring escaping slaves and an Underground Railroad Conductor pointing toward Canada.

"It represents freedom in a bi-national sense with the Tower of Freedom in Canada," said Barbara Smith, PHD Michigan Underground Railroad Exploratory Collective. Erected 20 years ago in 2001, members of the original committee that helped to get this monument in place decided it was time to celebrate its anniversary.

"It came time to do a site survey and all of the sudden we started seeing cracks and holes in the monument and these holes in the monument," said Sharon Elizabeth Sexton, Michigan Underground Railroad Exploratory Collective....

The nonprofit sent pictures of the monument to the sculptor for further review of the damage....

The sculptor also detected some of the damage appeared to be intentional.
"It was a deliberate and intentional use of a crowbar to separate granite," said Smith.

These organizers believe the damage is so bad right now they have postponed plans for the anniversary celebration until repairs could be made...."

https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/si...way-to-freedom-memorial-on-detroits-riverwalk
 
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Kinda amazing they don't know who owns a monument less then 20 years old...........or where the trust fund for it's upkeep went.
 
The sculptor also detected some of the damage appeared to be intentional.
"It was a deliberate and intentional use of a crowbar to separate granite," said Smith.
Yet at the bottom of the same news story:
"The Detroit Building Authority visited the monument yesterday and has determined that any damage to the monument is not the result of construction work at Hart Plaza or vandalism. A cursory review of the monument indicates the bronze statue itself is in good condition, however, the granite pedestal is in some state of disrepair, apparently as a result of time and the elements."
 
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