Climate Protester Arrested for Defacing Civil War Memorial at National Gallery of Art

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced the arrest of Jackson Green, a 27-year-old resident of Sandy, Utah, in connection with the defacement of a Civil War memorial at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The incident, which occurred in November 2023, is believed to be a non-violent climate protest.

Green stands accused of causing $700 worth of damages to the patinated plaster artwork, a relief sculpture created by renowned American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The memorial, dedicated in 1897, honors African-American soldiers who fought as part of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War, including the sons of abolitionist .

According to the DOJ, Green allegedly smeared the words “ ” in red paint on the wall adjacent to the artwork. The act of vandalism was captured on video by the , an organization committed to “resolute non-violent climate action.” The video was subsequently released online.

This marks the third incident involving members of the group Declare Emergency targeting the National Gallery of Art. In April 2023, Joanna Smith, 54, and her alleged co-conspirator, Timothy Martin, 54, of North Carolina, vandalized Edgar Degas’ , at times striking the case forcefully. The climate group had reportedly alerted the Washington Post and two of their reporters prior to that incident.

Smith pleaded guilty in May 2023, while Martin’s trial is scheduled for August 2024. It is important to note that Green has no reported involvement in Smith’s or Martin’s protests.

The FBI’s Washington Field Office, specifically the FBI’s Art Crime Team, is leading the investigation into the case, with assistance from the National Gallery of Art Police and the U.S. Park Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron A. Tepfer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is prosecuting the case.



Author: CrimeDoor

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