- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 30, 2020

A part of the Berlin Wall displayed at Chapman University in Southern California was painted over in an act of vandalism, officials say.

“I am outraged by this senseless attempt to destroy a priceless piece of history and heartbroken that this can happen on our own campus,” university President Daniele Struppa said in a statement Monday.

The 12-foot-high piece of the historical wall was defaced last week, with both sides of the structure having been painted brown. The paint could be seen covering some of the wall’s graffiti written before it fell in 1989, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

Ms. Struppa said university officials were working with experts to help restore the wall.

“Let this terrible act of vandalism be turned into a time to celebrate how fortunate we are to be the home to an important piece of history,” she said.



The university and Orange Police Department were working together to find who is responsible for the vandalism, police Sgt. Phillip McMullin said, adding that the motive was still unknown.

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