CORNELIUS, N.C. -- A Confederate memorial in Cornelius was vandalized overnight Sunday, making it the third such memorial to be defaced in the past two weeks.
Someone painted offensive words on the memorial during the night. The town has since covered the memorial with a large tarp.
The monument is located on Zion Avenue near the Mount Zion United Methodist Church.
The Pastor, Dr. Mary John Dye said, "We're living in a world of heightened racial tension and how tragic it is."
She said the church does not own the land where the memorial stands and has nothing official to do with it.
However, she said, the vandalism left her dismayed.
"We grieve over old, deep wounds in a world that needs to be resolving pain and moving towards healing," she said.
The town of Cornelius is now trying to determine who, or what organization is responsible for getting the obscenities removed.
Cornelius is a small town that is proud of its history and many here say the act of vandalism is not representative of the community.
"I understand the unhappiness with the flag in some context, but I don't think this helps," said Sam Hill.
Another resident who did not want to give her name said, "People let their emotions control them and they don't think the situation through."