Col. William Crawford statue in Bucyrus vandalized


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The statue of Col. William Crawford at the Crawford County Courthouse in Bucyrus was vandalized by unknown parties last week. The head was removed and is still missing.


Courtesy of The Galion Inquirer

BUCYRUS — Authorities in Crawford County say someone has removed the head from a statue of a soldier who fought in the American Revolution.

The statue of Col. William Crawford stands in a niche outside the county courthouse in Bucyrus. The county was named for the American soldier who also fought in the French and Indian War.

The county prosecutor says the vandalism reported Friday apparently happened in the past week. The head was knocked off the statue and taken from the property. Crawford County Sheriff Scott Kent says investigators are reviewing video of the area.

At this time there is no indication that this related to the recent vandalism being reported around the state.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the matter. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 419-562-7906.

Crawford County authorities have noted that Col. William Crawford died in 1782, decades before the Civil War. During an expedition along the Sandusky River against Native American tibes allied with the British, Crawford was captured. He was burned at the stake near Tymochtee Creek in present-day northeastern Wyandot County.

Confederate statues have been targeted in the weeks following a white-nationalist rally protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The statue of Col. William Crawford at the Crawford County Courthouse in Bucyrus was vandalized by unknown parties last week. The head was removed and is still missing.
http://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/11/web1_Courthouse-08-25-17.jpgThe statue of Col. William Crawford at the Crawford County Courthouse in Bucyrus was vandalized by unknown parties last week. The head was removed and is still missing. Courtesy of The Galion Inquirer

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