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Vandals strike Buffalo Soldier plaque in Audubon Park

An anarchy symbol was painted on the plaque on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) An anarchy symbol was painted on the plaque on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
"Native Genocide" was also spray painted by the plaque. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) "Native Genocide" was also spray painted by the plaque. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

A plaque in Audubon Park recognizing the Buffalo Soldiers, all-black cavalries that led mostly white officers who fought against Native American tribes, was vandalized Wednesday morning.

The plaque was painted with a red anarchy symbol, and the surrounding area had a message that said “native genocide.”

“The name ‘Buffalo Soldier’ was given to them by the Plains Indians. They gained respect from the Indians because of their fighting spirit, stamina, courage and the similarity of their hair to the buffalo,” the plaque reads, in part.

Critics of the Buffalo Soldiers said they helped in mass killings of Native Americans.

On Tuesday, someone defaced the Charles Dreux statue on Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street.

Police have not named any suspects in either case.

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