Historic Fort Revere in Hull was vandalized extensively with anti-Semitic and racist graffiti over the Labor Day weekend, police said.
One or more people spray-painted more than 20 crude messages and drawings between Saturday and Sunday night, Hull police said in a statement.
“The desecration of this historic monument will not be tolerated and to see that the graffiti was anti-Semitic and racist is especially disturbing,” Hull Police Chief John Dunn said in the statement.
Visitors to the fort, which helped to protect Boston Harbor during the American Revolution, reported the graffiti to Hull police at 9:45 a.m. Monday, police said.
There were no suspects on Wednesday, but police are investigating the incident and several items of evidence were recovered at the scene.
“We will investigate these acts fully and apply the full strength of the law on those responsible,” Dunn said.
“This is not something that will be written off as ‘kids being kids.’ There is no place for hate in our society. These kinds of messages instill fear in members of our community.”
Along with the graffiti on the grounds and walls of the fort, someone posted several enigmatic stickers depicting the purple-tinted face of an unknown woman.
Police are asking anyone who recognizes the sticker to contact Hull police at 781-925-1212.
The investigation comes a little more than three years after seven teenagers were arrested for spray painting racist graffiti on the fort’s walls that were newly painted at the time.
Fort Revere, a historic site that has a military history museum and serves as a burial ground for soldiers who died fighting in the revolution, is “hallowed ground,” Dunn said in the statement
“Those who desecrated it with messages of hate and intolerance will be prosecuted,” he said.
Temple Beth Sholom will host a gathering Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to respond to “the act of hate that was recently visited on Fort Revere Park in the form of . . . graffiti,” Rabbi David Grossman said in the statement.
The short program will focus on hope and the community, and will be held at the fort, at 60 Farina Road in Hull.