Confederate statue in Columbus cemetery vandalized

A Confederate statue in a Columbus cemetery was knocked to the ground by vandals. (Contributed Photo/WBNS-TV)

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A Confederate statue in a Columbus cemetery was knocked to the ground by vandals. (Contributed Photo/WBNS-TV)

Police in Columbus are investigating after a Confederate statue in a cemetery was vandalized Tuesday morning.

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The statue was knocked off its base and onto the ground at the Camp Chase Cemetery, according to our news partners WBNS-TV in Columbus.

The station reports the vandals also removed the head of the statue.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther issued a statement Tuesday saying:

"I support the removal of monuments celebrating the Confederacy, but I would urge people to remember that the disturbing and tragic events that unfolded in Charlottesville were not about statues, but about persistent racism in our country. "

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Contributed Photo/WBNS-TV

Contributed Photo/WBNS-TV

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Contributed Photo/WBNS-TV

WBNS-TV reports there are over 2,000 headstones at the Camp Chase Cemetery, some of which with the Southern Cross of Honor, a honor presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to Confederate veterans after the Civil War.

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