MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — Swastikas and other racist graffiti were removed this week from signs and benches in a 135-acre reservation on Cape Cod.
About two dozen racist messages were found in the Lowell Holly Reservation in Mashpee, The Cape Cod Times reported. The graffiti included messages such as “Trump 2020 — bring back slavery,” “whites only,” “Cape Cod KKK has over 10,000 members.”
Aaron Gouveia, director of public relations for the Trustee of Reservations, said it took eight to 10 hours to remove the graffiti on Monday.
“The Trustees fully condemns the hateful vandalism that appeared over the weekend,” the trustees said in a statement. “As the nation’s first and state’s largest land conservation and preservation nonprofit, The Trustees’ mission is to make all of our 120 special places across the Commonwealth inclusive, accessible, and welcoming for everyone of all identities and backgrounds.”
Mashpee Police Chief Scott Carline said the department’s detective bureau is investigating.