The Thomas Jefferson statue on the College of William and Mary's campus was defaced over the weekend, college officials said.
The bronze statue, tucked away between two academic buildings off the campus' Sunken Garden, honors one of the college's most famous alumni and the country's third president.
But Jefferson also owned a number of slaves at his Monticello home, which the vandalism seems to be pointing to.
Red paint is visible across both of the statue's knuckles, and "slave owner" is spray painted in red on the brick at its feet.
College spokeswoman Suzanne Seurattan said the William and Mary...