Tuskegee Airmen Tribute Vandalized in Chicago

Chicago police are looking for the people responsible for vandalizing statues that paid homage to the Tuskegee Airmen.

The collection of statues featuring brightly colored kids wearing aviator goggles known as “The Watch” had been tipped over and vandalized Saturday night, according to the Chicago Tribune.

At least one of the statues by Hebru Brantley near the city’s Field Museum was beheaded, while others had been punctured in the neck or had missing fingers.

“I am deeply disheartened by the recent actions taken towards the installation of ‘The Watch,’” Brantley said in a statement. “There is no place for vandalism in our great city of Chicago or in society in general. The installation is intended to speak to parts of all of us, and give us license to be different, to examine who we are, and to dream about how we might one day change our environments for the better.”

Chicago Park District employees had repositioned the statues by Sunday. Brantley added he will work with the Park District to restore the statues honoring the Black World War II military aviators to their original condition.

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