LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A vandal targeted a New Albany, Indiana, sculpture that honors a woman who escaped slavery.

Around 2:45 a.m. Friday, someone sprayed red paint on the limestone sculpture of Lucy Higgs Nichols.

"BLM" was written on the side, according to Rev. LeRoy Marshall, the pastor of Second Baptist Church.

Exactly a year ago Friday, it was installed in the Underground Railroad Garden behind the Second Baptist Church.

Nichols escaped slavery in Tennessee in 1862 and ran to a regiment of Indiana volunteers. She then served as a nurse during the Civil War and was the first African American woman to get a pension from Congress for her service.

Rev. Marshall said he was devastated to see the sculpture of her vandalized.

"I will say to the person who did this: This doesn't help anything," Marshall said. "This throws a log on a fire that's already burning, and we don't need this kind of situation."

The artist who created the sculpture of Nichols said the paint will come off.

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