Protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement vandalized and toppled a statue of Col. Hans Christian Heg, an immigrant from Norway who died fighting for the Union against slavery, on Tuesday night in Madison, Wisconsin.

Local ABC affiliate WKOW reported:

Protesters pulled down the Forward statue that normally stands outside the State Capitol and left it lying in the middle of the road.

The same group also tore down the Col. Hans Christian Heg statue a short time later. The group then went on to throw the statue into Lake Monona. Heg fought for the Union during the Civil War and was a stark opponent of slavery during that time.

Tweets of the destruction showed Heg’s pedestal vandalized with the words “BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL” scrawled across it.

Protesters have also torn down the Hans Christian Heg statue outside the Capitol.

— Lance Veeser (@lanceveeser) June 24, 2020

The statue was decapitated and thrown into a nearby lake.

The Hans Christian Heg statue is lying headless in lake Monona. #wkow

— Michelle Alfini (@MichelleAlf) June 24, 2020

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