Well-known monument in Highlands neighborhood vandalized - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Well-known monument in Highlands neighborhood vandalized

Posted: Updated:
The John B. Castleman monument at Cherokee Circle was vandalized with orange paint. The John B. Castleman monument at Cherokee Circle was vandalized with orange paint.
John B. Castleman monument plague covered in orange paint. John B. Castleman monument plague covered in orange paint.
Vandals appeared to pain "never again" in orange paint on monument. Vandals appeared to pain "never again" in orange paint on monument.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A well-known monument in the Highlands neighborhood was vandalized sometime between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

The John Breckinridge Castleman monument at Cherokee Circle was covered in orange paint by vandals. The words "never again" appeared to be painted on the horse statue.

According to a plaque on the monument, Castleman was a Confederate officer during the Civil War and later served in the U.S. Army years after as a Brigadier General. The statue was erected in 1913.

Castleman was also a pioneer for Louisville's original Olmsted Parks.

Several neighbors in the area located at Cherokee Parkway and Cherokee Road stopped to look at the damage Sunday morning. Many of them expressed their disappointment, saying the vandalism was sad to see. Some people said the monument has been vandalized with graffiti in the past, but never with bright -colored paint. 

Other neighbors passing by told WDRB News the paint was an "improvement" to the monument.

Metro Louisville employees arrived around 10 a.m. Sunday to begin cleaning the monument with pressure washers, but left shortly after fearing the power washing would damage the bronze on the historical monument. 

LMPD officers were at the scene, but no information on the incident has been released.

Copyright 2017 WDRB News. All rights reserved.

  • Sign Up for WDRB's Sports Newsletter

    * denotes required fields

    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.