According to the Chicago Police Department and a media report from ABC News in Chicago, the statue of the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington which stands outside of the Harold Washington Cultural Center at 4701 South Martin Luther King Drive – was defaced.
A plaque with an inscription in dedication to the first black mayor of the city was on the front panel of the statue. It was reportedly stolen on Saturday evening from the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago.
The Chicago Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding the theft to contact Chicago detectives by phone at (312) 747-8380.
Harold Washington, who was born on April 15, 1922 and passed away on November 25, 1987, was an African-American lawyer and politician who was the mayor of Chicago from 1983 until his death in 1987.
Since Harold Washington’s death, many city facilities and institutions have been named or renamed for Washington to commemorate his legacy, including the 40,000-square-foot Harold Washington Cultural Center in Bronzeville where the statue was defaced and the plaque with the dedication was stolen. That facility has been opened to the public since August of 2004.