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A close up of the vandalism (all images via the City of Savannah Government’s Facebook page)

On Thursday, October 11, a prankster in Savannah, Georgia augmented a Revolutionary War monument with a pair of googly eyes. When the City of Savannah Government posted images to their public Facebook page admonishing the rascal, commenters were certainly more amused than offended.

In a call to action for virtuous city-dwellers to join the search for the vandal, the City wrote on its Facebook page:

Who did this?! Someone placed googly eyes on our historic #NathanaelGreene statue in #JohnsonSquare. It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it’s a crime.

We are hoping to find the person responsible! If you have information, please call Savannah Police Department

The statue from a distance

The post has received almost 15,000 “Haha” reactions.

“According to the reactions to this post City of Savannah, this absolutely is a laughing matter,” one commenter jeered.

“So I’m not a part of this community or anything, but you guys do realize you just dared your entire city to googly eyes all of your monuments right? Just pick the eyes off and move on,” one commenter quipped under the post. Another sarcastic commenter suggested the hashtag #letmegooglythatforyou in response.

Nathanael Greene served as a major general during the Revolutionary War. His strategy and leadership are considered seminal in Georgia’s freedom from British military rule. After the war, Greene’s family moved to Savannah, but he died of heat stroke soon after, in 1786. The 50-foot obelisk monument to the veteran was completed in Johnson Square in 1830.

Defacing, mutilating, or defiling a grave marker, monument, or memorial to a deceased veteran is considered a criminal trespass, which is a misdemeanor offense. If the damage totals more than $500, it’s felony criminal damage to property. According to Savannah Now, police are investigating the incident.

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Jasmine Weber

Jasmine Weber is Hyperallergic's news editor. She is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, particularly interested in Black art histories and visual culture....

One reply on “A Prankster Put Googly Eyes on a US Revolutionary War Monument”

  1. On the one hand, defacing public property is wrong, so this type of action should not be condoned. On the other, they are googly eyes, they will fall off soon enough, if the city doesn’t have them removed first at great expense. Plus, it made me giggle.

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