"KKK" spray painted on historical marker in Shelby

Shelby Police are investigating a vandalism case where a historical marker and a graveside monument had “KKK” spray painted on them.

The headstone and marker are for Thomas Dixon Jr., an author and politician from Shelby in the post-civil war era.

The markings were noticed on Thursday.

The headstone has been cleaned but the marker is still being repaired.

The text on the marker reads, “minister, politician, and author. The film Birth of a Nation was based on his novel The Clansmen.”

It also notes that Dixon’s gravesite is nearby.

Officials with the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program say the markers recognize people and events of statewide historical significance, good and bad. They say they’re not celebrating Dixon with the marker, but are educating the public.

"I don't care who was on it, I don't like it. It shouldn't be done. There should be no vandalizing of anyone's property. I'm distressed that it was done at all,” said Shelby resident Morris Hudson.

Damage to the marker and the headstone is estimated to be $1,000.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Shelby Police Department.