ROME, Ga. — A Confederate monument at a Georgia cemetery has been taken down so officials can figure out how to repair it after it was vandalized.

The statue at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome is a figure of a Confederate soldier holding a rifle.

The Rome News-Tribune reports that the hands and the rifle were cut off and the face bashed in.

Cemetery Director Stan Rogers estimated the value of the damages at $200,000.

Cemetery department personnel removed the monument Thursday after the damage was discovered. Rome City Manager Sammy Rich said the city would try to determine how to go about repairing it and putting it back.

The statue was erected by a women’s organization, “Women of Rome,” in 1887.


Information from: Rome News-Tribune, http://www.romenews-tribune.com

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