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Vandalism At Famous Dorchester County Landmark

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BUCKTOWN, Md.- It's not what you want to see when you go to Harriet Tubman's birthplace.  Racist graffiti including KKK, as well as the n-word and other crude pictures.  WBOC showed the uncensored versions to Shondolyn Dotson and her friend Shawanda Mccray, who work in Cambridge.

"I think it's horrible.  I think it's horrible and whoever did it should be caught" said Mccray.

"It's sad in this day and time.  But that's the world we live in.  We have to take the good with the bad, and we just have to pray for these people who did this at this state of time." said Dotson.

They believe it's a hate crime.  Neighbors who live near the site like Susan Meredith, who owns the very building where Harriet Tubman committed her first act of defiance, say it was likely teenagers.

"It's summer time and you have the windows open, you can hear the music and them yelling and carrying on.  And they do destroy mailboxes occasionally, spray paint occasionally." said Meredith.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's office says Meredith's hunch is right.  The department is in the process of arresting 5 teenagers, some over age 18 for the vandalism.  And everyone has an idea of what to do with them.

"Everything they can get caught for, charged for, I hope justice will be served." said Mccray.

The Sheriff's Department says the damage done to the property totals into the thousands.  Two thousand dollars alone for the historic marker, since paint thinners used to remove the spraying would destroy the metal of the sign, and it's one of a kind.  They say more arrests are coming, and while they have not released any names or pictures yet as they put together the charging documents, police say they will be releasing them within the week.

Pictures sent to us from newswatcher Sputty Cephas.
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