RICHMOND, Va. — A Confederate monument has been vandalized in Richmond, Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported ( ) that the J.E.B Stuart statue on Monument Avenue was vandalized either late Friday or early Saturday.

A contractor hired to clean the statue said pine tar was splattered on the monument. The worker with the company Envirowash said the tar will come off.

Richmond police say it appeared two cans of pine tar had been dumped on the statue.

The vandalism comes as cities around the country decide whether to remove or add context to Confederate monuments in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.

Monument Avenue also includes statues of Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson and Matthew Fontaine Maury.

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