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Bennington Museum Statue Vandalized; Banner Left With Message

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BENNINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Bennington Police are looking for whoever vandalized the Bennington Museum sometime overnight Saturday into Sunday.

Police say a museum employee arrived at work around 9:30 a.m. Sunday to find a large banner was erected between two light poles at the entrance to the museum’s courtyard reading “LAND BACK.”

The Abraham Lincoln statue there was also damaged. Reddish spray paint covered the statue’s face and hands, and in the center of his chest was the number 38.

Police say they think the messages reference the Dakota 38, when that many men were hanged under the order of the 16th president.

The men’s executions happened after the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 in Southwest Minnesota.

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