COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Just one day after officials at Columbus State Community College announced it would be removed, the statue of the college's namesake was vandalized.
Officials arrived Wednesday morning to find graffiti painted in red and black paint on the side of the statue, as well as the surrounding sidewalk of the are on the college's campus in downtown Columbus.
The writings were of Christopher Columbus's genocidal history, and were sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Cleanup of the paint had begun shortly after it was discovered.
On Tuesday, college officials announced the statue would be taken down. It has stood in its current position since 1988.