Statue in Bardstown Cemetery vandalized with paint

Vandals toss paint on Confederate statue at Bardstown Cemetery
Orange paint was thrown on a Confederate statue in the Bardstown Cemetery. (Source: Maira Ansari, WAVE 3 News)
Orange paint was thrown on a Confederate statue in the Bardstown Cemetery. (Source: Maira Ansari, WAVE 3 News)

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WAVE) - Police in Bardstown are investigating the vandalism of a Confederate statue at the Bardstown Cemetery.

Bardstown police said orange paint was thrown on a monument either late Thursday or early Friday morning.

The vandalism in Bardstown is similar to the repeated vandalism that happened in Louisville with the Castleman statue in Cherokee Triangle.

The Bardstown Cemetery was established in 1852.

Bardstown resident Brenda Wallace has a lot of family in the cemetery.

“I don’t know what they are trying to prove, but it’s wrong,” Wallace said. “Hopefully the police have been involved in it.”

Local author and historian Dixie Hibbs said the statue dates back to 1904.

“It actually was put up as a monument, like a tombstone monument,” Hibbs said. “It’s not any particular person; it was one statue (that) represents all soldiers.”

According to statute, it was erected to memorialize the 67 men buried there who died in service to the Confederate government. Hibbs said women in the Bardstown community raised money over 30 years to buy it.

“They could have put an obelisk up and said Confederates are buried here; they wanted to leave an image,” Hibbs said. “An image of a young man in uniform watching over these comrades.”

Hibbs said the soldiers are from all over the south, and when they died, their bodies stayed here. So, the women in the community wanted them to have a special place the cemetery.

“This was a project they were determined to get done,” Hibbs said. “Seven hundred and ten dollars doesn’t sound like much now, but it took almost 30 years with ice cream suppers and events to earn that money.”

That was nearly 115 years ago. There is a lot of controversy around Confederate monuments now.

Hibbs said she hopes that instead of defacing property, people will talk.

“If you feel that strongly, come to someone who can talk to you and help you either understand or maybe you will change their mind,” Hibbs said. “You don’t change their mind throwing paint on a monument.”

Bardstown police said they are checking nearby surveillance video from area businesses to see if their cameras picked up anything.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bardstown police.

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