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Hannah Duston memorial statue in Boscawen hit with red paint

  • The Hannah Duston Memorial in Boscawen was recently splattered with red paint in an apparent act of vandalism. Geoff Forester / Monitor staff

  • Red paint was splattered on the Hannah Duston statue at the Memorial State Historic Site in Boscawen sometime on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Red paint was splattered on the Hannah Duston statue at the Memorial State Historic Site in Boscawen sometime on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Red paint was splattered on the Hannah Duston statue at the Memorial State Historic Site in Boscawen sometime on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Red paint was splattered on the Hannah Duston statue at the Memorial State Historic Site in Boscawen sometime on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Red paint was splattered on the Hannah Duston statue at the Memorial State Historic Site in Boscawen sometime on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Red paint was splattered on the Hannah Duston statue at the Memorial State Historic Site in Boscawen sometime on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Red paint was splattered on the Hannah Duston statue at the Memorial State Historic Site in Boscawen sometime on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Red paint was splattered on the Hannah Duston statue at the Memorial State Historic Site in Boscawen sometime on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 5/6/2020 1:16:18 PM

The Hannah Duston Memorial in Boscawen was recently splattered with red paint in an apparent act of vandalism.

Duston is famed for being captured during a Native American raid in March 1697, before killing and scalping her captors and their children.

The statue in Boscawen features Duston holding a hatchet, the weapon she reportedly used to kill the 10 Indians. She remains a highly controversial figure, according to the New Hampshire Historical Society.

The memorial was created in 1874 around the site of the massacre and was the first publicly funded statue in the Granite State, according to information from the New Hampshire State Parks. The memorial is located on a small island at the confluence of the Contoocook and Merrimack rivers near a public parking area.

Concord Police did not respond to a request for information.




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