A Confederate graves memorial at the City of Fairfax Cemetery was found vandalized Thursday morning.
A city employee reported finding the paint splashed on the base of the memorial at the cemetery, located at 10561 Main Street, according to a Fairfax police report. The paint has been removed.
Graffiti was spray painted on a Confederate monument at the Loudoun County Courthouse last week in Leesburg.
Both cases followed a white supremacist rally Aug. 12 at a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. During that event, a woman was killed when a man drove into a crowd of counter-protesters.
“While the recent events in Charlottesville are abhorrent and inconsistent with the democratic principles of our republic, vandalizing graves also does not reflect the values of our community, our commonwealth, and our nation,” Fairfax City Mayor David Meyer said in a statement.
The cemetery was created in 1866 to inter and honor Confederate soldiers, according to the city’s website. Some 200 unknown confederate soldiers were reburied in a common grave in the cemetery.
Built in 1890, the monument represents the unknown confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery and those who died on the battlefield.
The city took control of the cemetery in 1962.