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George Washington Carver Statue Vandalized at ISU

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AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University is trying to find whoever is responsible for vandalizing Iowa State's the statue of the school's first African American student on campus.

A photo posted on Facebook shows that the statue was vandalized with shaving cream.

The report of the vandalism was received on Friday. The statue is a tribute to George Washington Carver who attended Iowa State back in 1891.

Carver attended the university to become a world-renowned agriculturalist.

“We’re looking into this now, we’re looking for any video that might be in the area, doesn’t appear that there’s any video that captures that area," said Aaron DeLashmutt, Deputy Chief of the Iowa State University Police Department. "We’re putting things out on social media, and seeking input from the public to help us identify who may have done this."

Late Sunday, Iowa State President Steven Leath released a statement.

The statement reads in part:

“While the motive is not yet known, the university takes this act of vandalism very seriously and is conducting a thorough investigation to determine if this was racially motivated. Anyone involved will be held accountable.”