Chapel Hill News

Anti-Trump vandals hit Old Chapel Hill Cemetery gazebo, path

Police reported two incidents of election-related vandalism Thursday in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery on UNC’s campus.

Someone used white spray-paint to write the words “Nazi Pres Elec” on the cemetery’s gazebo, Chapel Hill police spokesman Lt. Josh Mecimore said. More white spray-paint was used nearby to write “As a woman I am sad 1 am Nov 9” on an asphalt footpath, he said. An angry face was painted on the pavement beside it.

Parks and Recreation employees found the graffiti in the town-owned cemetery Thursday afternoon, Mecimore said.

The gazebo is a common target for spray-paint-wielding vandals. The last two incidents were reported in mid-September within days of the town’s dedication of a marker honoring African-American slaves and free people buried in the cemetery’s oldest sections.

Anyone with information about the latest graffiti can call the Chapel Hill Police at 919-968-2760.