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'Who Did This?!' City Says 'No Laughing Matter' After Googly Eyes Stuck On Monument
“It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it's a crime.”
The Nathanael Greene monument in Savannah, Georgia has gotten some work done to his 65-year-old eyes, and the city has made it clear that it's not amused.
Someone stuck googly eyes on the statue on Thursday, according to CNN.
“Who did this?!” asked the City of Savannah. “It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it's a crime.”
The city stated that it's hoping to find the person responsible. Anyone with information is urged to call the Savannah Police Department.
Savannah Police Department spokeswoman Keturah Greene, no relation to the statue, told CNN, "The eyes were quickly removed and did not appear to do any damage to the statue." She said that the act of defacing is "technically trespassing."
Michelle Gavin, a city spokeswoman, told NBC News that the city has filed a police report.
Greene was "one of the most respected generals of the Revolutionary War and a talented military strategist," according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia. He was commander of the Southern Department of the Continental Army and reportedly led a campaign against the British in an effort to stop them from occupying the south. The state of Georgia granted him the Mulberry Grove Plantation in honor of his service, according to NBC News.
The 50-foot white marble statue of Greene was erected in 1953. While at age 65 some consider having cosmetic work done, maybe an eye lift, Savannah prefers its Greene to age gracefully.
"Honestly, it is a situation we need to look into because we don't want people to go around defacing things," police spokeswoman Greene told NBC News. "We don't want it to get out of hand."
[Photo: City Of Savannah]