African-American historic site on Nantucket defaced by racist graffiti

A historic building central to the history of Nantucket’s African-American community was defaced between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning with racist and sexually explicit graffiti, according to local police.

Between 4 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, someone vandalized the island’s African Meeting House, spray-painting a racial slur and the word “leave” on its door alongside a crudely drawn penis on its shingled facade, according to Nantucket’s police chief William Pittman and photos of the scene.

“We don’t have any suspects at this point,” Pittman said in a phone interview Sunday. “We’re just canvassing the neighborhood to see if anybody saw anything. It most likely occurred overnight.”

Within hours of the graffiti’s discovery,…

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