Statement from Howard County Executive on the vandalism that occurred this week inside the Harriet Tubman School

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball posted the following statement today:

Our community is disheartened by the vandalism that occurred this week inside the Harriet Tubman School. As we work to renovate and create an impactful cultural center that will enrich our whole community, this act of violence is frustrating and upsetting. This site is where many Black Howard County residents received their education and is foundational to our strong legacy of public education here in Howard County.

The Howard County Police Department is actively investigating this incident with significant resources, including their patrol team, criminal investigations detectives, crime lab and outreach officers who monitor hate bias incidents. I was briefed today that our ongoing investigation has led us to obtain evidence at the scene which may help identify the person or people responsible.

This incident is extremely troubling to our community and the many who have advocated for this Cultural Center for decades. I have confidence in our Howard County Police Department as it conducts its investigation. Hateful violence has no place here in Howard County. We strongly encourage anyone with any knowledge of who was behind this vandalism to call 410-313-2200.

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The Howard County Police Department reported the following yesterday in their crime log:

Commercial burglary

Columbia, 21044: Harriet Tubman Building, 8000 block of Harriet Tubman Lane, July 26-27

Unknown suspect(s) entered the building under renovation and damaged it. Nothing was reported stolen and no signs of forced entry were observed.

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