Anti-Semitic and racist graffiti was found over Labor Day weekend at a historic site in Hull, Massachusetts, and now police are searching for suspects.
About 20 different messages and drawings were discovered over the weekend by visitors to Fort Revere Park on Farina Road and reported to police on Monday morning.
Some of the graffiti included images of the swastika, a Nazi symbol, and messages advocating violence against Jews, police said. Many messages also had a sticker next to them with a purple-faced woman.
"The desecration of this historic monument will not be tolerated and to see that the graffiti was anti-Semitic and racist is especially disturbing," Hull police Chief John Dunn said. "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."
Fort Revere Park is a state-owned historic site that features the remains of two seacoast fortifications as well as a burial ground for French soldiers who died fighting during the American Revolution.
"Fort Revere is hallowed ground, and it serve as the final resting place for people who helped our nation achieve its freedom," Dunn said. "Those who desecrated it with messages of hate and intolerance will be prosecuted."
In response to the incident, Temple Beth Sholom held a gathering at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Fort Revere.
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"The short program will focus on community, hope and renewal," Rabbi David Grossman wrote in a news release. "Please help our community heal by attending!"
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Hull police at 781-925-1212.