Residents and faith leaders in Hull gathered Thursday morning in a show of solidarity after anti-Semitic graffiti was found earlier in the week at a prominent town park.
Visitors to Fort Revere on Monday spotted swastikas, references to Hitler and other anti-Semitic scrawls on the floors and walls of the site, Hull police said in a statement.
“The desecration of this historic monument will not be tolerated and to see that the graffiti was anti-Semitic and racist is especially disturbing,” Hull Police Chief John Dunn said in a statement. “We will investigate these acts fully and apply the full strength of the law on those responsible.”
The eight-acre park contains the remnants of two coastal military forts, a museum and a burial ground for French soldiers who died during the Revolutionary War. Dunn in the statement called Fort Revere "hallowed ground" in Hull.
Police said a sticker showing a purple-faced woman was found all around the graffiti.
"This is not something that will be written off as ‘kids being kids.’ There is no place for hate in our society," Dunn added in the statement. "These kinds of messages instill fear in members of our community."
In response to the graffiti, Temple Beth Sholom in Hull organized an interfaith gathering focused on "community, hope and renewal" in the park late Thursday morning.
Hull police detectives are investigating the crime, and the Plymouth County Bureau of Criminal Investigation is processing evidence collected at the scene.
Anyone with information can call Hull police at 781-925-1212.