Last Friday, the Iowa State University Police received a report that the George Washington Carver statue outside Carver Hall had been vandalized with what appeared to be shaving cream. According to the University, the vandalism is believed to have occurred on Friday between 1 P.M. and 4 P.M.
In a statement, Iowa State University President, Steven Leath, said “While the motive is not yet known, the university takes this act of vandalism very seriously and is conducting a thorough investigation to determine if this was racially motivated. Anyone involved will be held accountable. In addition, I would like to thank the person who reported the incident to police, provided photos to aid the investigation, and cleaned off the statue. University Museums has examined the statue and will further assess its condition when the weather improves.”
George Washington Carver was born into slavery and become one of the most prominent scientists most noted for his discovery of hundreds of uses for peanuts. Carver studied at Simpson College in Indianola and later became the first black student Iowa State University in Ames.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Iowa State University Police at 515-294-4428.