Though Confederate monuments have been the target of damage since the Aug. 12 protests that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., a Whiteville man sees it as his duty to restore some back to their original state.
Cleaning is literally a daily job for Brandon Patrick, who started a pressure washing company called Pro 1 Services nearly three years ago. But Patrick said he offered to remove spray paint from vandalized Confederate statues in downtown Wilmington free of charge because it is a community service that preserves history.
“My company was centered around giving back to the community, and that’s one thing that I like to do,” Patrick told WECT. “If spray painting a statue is what they’re centered around, so be it. We’ll have guys like me to come back and clean it up.”
Two statues were vandalized overnight two weeks ago on Wilmington’s Third Street, The Star-News reported.
One was the statue of George Davis, a Confederate senator and attorney general, at Market Street and the other a Confederate memorial. One of them was found with a rope around it, apparently from an attempt to pull it down, and both were sprayed with red paint, according to local reports.
Early attempts by city staff to remove the paint were reportedly unsuccessful.
Patrick told WECT his free offer extends beyond just Wilmington’s Confederate statues.
“A Martin Luther King statue or a Native American insignia statue, or something – anything with any kind of historic significance,” Patrick told the station. “That is vital to where we’re going because as a country and as a state and as a county, we don’t know where we’re going until we know where we’ve been.”