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'They were racists' graffitied on Tennessee Confederate monument

A Confederate monument in the middle of a popular Nashville park was vandalized with the words "They were racists" written in red paint.

The monument, which has been in Nashville's Centennial Park since 1909, was reportedly vandalized overnight Sunday and discovered early Monday, according to local news CBS affiliate WTVF.

The monument was erected to honor Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War and features the names of more than 500 of them inscribed on a plaque that was covered over with the graffiti.

Nashville's Metro Police Department said it would review security footage.

Clean up crews were already working on power washing the paint off the monument on Monday.

The incident is similar to vandalism that took place on the University of North Carolina campus last year when a student poured red ink and some of their own blood on a prominent Confederate monument named "Silent Sam" that has since been removed.