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Confederate monument vandalized in Richmond

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Courtesy: NBC 12, Richmond Courtesy: NBC 12, Richmond
Courtesy: NBC 12, Richmond Courtesy: NBC 12, Richmond
RICHMOND, VA (WVVA) -

A monument to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia, has been vandalized.

A spray-painted message of "Black Lives Matter" was visible on the statue Thursday morning and is one of several monuments across the country that have been vandalized since nine black church members were slain in Charleston.

Governor Terry McAuliffe defended the monuments on Wednesday, saying they're a part of history and he won't have them removed.

"It is a part of our heritage. It's who we are in Virginia. And it's an important part of our heritage. The flag is different."

On Tuesday, Governor McAuliffe ordered all license plates with the confederate flag to come off the road.

A small crowd gathered to look at the vandalism Thursday morning.

Davis is buried in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery, which is home to 22 former Confederate generals and thousands of Confederate soldiers.

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