May 18, 2024
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By FRANCESCA ATON

Newark Post reported that the Iron Hill Museum, located in Newark Delaware, was vandalized last week with racist graffiti. Over the past three years, vandalism has plagued this nonprofit.

Staff and volunteers who attended a meeting on upgrading the security system of an organization, found damage. This was discovered by them, while they were in attendance. Staff and volunteers who were there for a meeting to upgrade the organization’s security system on October 5 discovered the damage.

Since January 2020, the museum has suffered repeated vandalism. It features a renovated African American schoolhouse, a Science Center, and twenty acres of nature trails.

The nonprofit organization has already seen signage stolen, split-rail fences destroyed, storage shed locks cut, windows broken on sheds, shed contents scattered in the woods and trash dumped along trails. Cameras are often taken just after being installed.

In March, two weeks after the official opening of a historical trail in the region, almost all the signs that provided information about the Black Community who formerly inhabited this area, were either destroyed or taken.

Meetings have been held with the NAACP and other local and state officials, as well as representatives of the county and state police. Recently, the museum received a state grant of $50,000 for a brand new surveillance system as well as to fix damaged signs.

Vandalism continues to be a financial burden on the non-profit, which operates with a small budget and the assistance of volunteers. The nonprofit is spending time and money on fixing the damages and finding the vandal, instead of focusing resources and energy into new programs and exhibits that will benefit the local community.

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