GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — While protestors were calling for the resignation of Gov. Northam at the Virginia State Capitol, a pillar and sign at Tuckahoe Plantation in Goochland County were vandalized with red paint reading, “We profit off slavery” on Monday.
The Goochland County Sheriff’s office released images of three African American females at the scene, one holding a stencil with the words that were painted. The photo shows a black SUV at the plantation with the license plate covered up.
“It’s an act of rank vandalism is what it is,” said Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew.
Tad Thompson, who owns the plantation, says it’s been in his family since 1935. The now national landmark was the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson. It also used to be a slave plantation.
“We certainly understand the anger and sentiment of some of the folks involved, but this is way in the past,” said Thompson.
Both Thompson and Agnew think the vandals acted in response to what’s happening at the capitol, and may have hard feelings against the governor.
“It’s very unfortunate that we’ve gotten caught up in what appears to be a statewide movement against elected officials, and I suspect this has something to do with it,” said Agnew.
Capitol Police detained two people on Monday who reportedly worked together to vandalize a fountain in Capitol Square by turning it red with dye. This happened while a crowd of roughly 50 protestors called for Northam to resign outside the Executive Mansion.
Agnew says there may be a connection between that incident and this one.
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