Windows Broken Out Two Days After Discovery of Graffiti
Darren Doyle, story:
Disgraceful acts of vandalism have continued at the historic Joppa Church, located in Mammoth Cave National Park.
As first reported from the Edmonson Voice, spray painted graffiti was discovered on the floor of the church on Sunday, October 28th. According to park officials, on Thursday, November 1, multiple windows were found broken or cracked.
"Unfortunately incidents of vandalism at Joppa Church and the other two historic churches is not rare," said Chief Ranger Lora Peppers. "It is very disappointing that this has occurred in a building that holds such a rich history for the local communities and the park. We are actively investigating the incidents, but do not yet know if the two acts are related."
In 2015 the Joppa Church was designated as a “day use area only” because of repeated vandalism observed at the structure. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as being representative of religion and funerary practices from 1900-1949. The current structure was built in 1900, and is still the site of annual gatherings, religious services and weddings.
It is unlawful to disturb or deface natural or historic resources within the park. Perpetrators may be sentenced up to 6 months in jail and or fined up to $5,000. Anyone with information as to the possible identity of the vandals is encouraged to call the ranger station at 270-758-2115 or park dispatch 270-597-2729.