CORNISH, N.H. (AP) — National Park Service rangers and New Hampshire state police are investigating antisemitic vandalism of The Temple monument at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park.
Vandals used paint and permanent markers on the monument where the family of famed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens is interred, the Valley News reported.
“We were heartbroken to discover this act of vandalism to the temple monument and grave of the Saint-Gaudens family and we condemn both the act and the language used,” Superintendent Rick Kendall wrote on social media. “We are already working with National Park Service conservators to carefully restore the monument.”
The Saint-Gaudens family was not Jewish and it’s not known why the site was targeted, said Rainey McKenna, spokesperson for the park. The vandalism was first noticed on Oct. 1.
The Saint-Gaudens family began spending summers in Cornish in 1885, according to the National Park Service. Their presence there led to the formation of the Cornish Art Colony.