A 90-year-old statue of Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed slaves, was destroyed in a South Side Chicago neighborhood overnight on Wednesday.
15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez criticized the destruction of the bust on Wednesday evening in a Facebook post.
“What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism. This bust of Abraham Lincoln, erected by Phil Bloomquist on August 31, 1926, was damaged and burned,” he wrote. “If anyone has any information regarding this act, please contact the police or my office immediately.”
Breitbart News reports the bust is located near 69th Street and Wolcott in Chicago’s Englewood district on the city’s Near South Side and it was erected on Aug. 31, 1926, by Phil Bloomquist as a tribute to the 16th president.
Along with the busts destruction, “F**k Law” was spray painted on the base of the statue.
Of course, Alderman Lopez’ Facebook page saw attacks on Lincoln soon after his post.
“Fuck Abe Lincoln. He ain’t mess with black folks like that no way,” said one user.
“Look at the little half breed making lightskins look bad because he doesnt know his history. Sit this one out,” said another in response to someone defending Lincoln.
On April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, a Southern actor who was angry at Lincoln for freeing the slaves.
Lincoln is known as the Great Emancipator as he signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 to abolish slavery in the rebellious Southern states during the Civil War.
The destruction of the statue comes after President Trump wondered if leftists would be content to destroy only Confederate statues, or whether they would move on to others.
“This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop,” the President asked.
The same city in which the 90-year-old bust was destroyed saw activists wanting to rid the city of the parks and streets that were named after Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson, among others.
The Chicago police told the media an investigation has been launched but they did not provide a statement on the destruction of the statue.
Featured Image Via Alderman Raymond Lopez/Facebook