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The memorial was dedicated in December 1914.

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Vandals are targeting memorials dedicated to the Confederacy, leaving graffiti on the monuments in parks and outside government buildings.

This week, the slogan “Black lives matter” was painted on memorials in a half-dozen states. The graffiti reflects the racial tension that permeates post-Ferguson America, more than a week after a white man was charged with shooting and killing nine black congregants at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.

Michael Allen is a lecturer in American culture studies at Washington Universiy in St. Louis. He compared the vandalism to the toppling of statues in Russia at the end of the Soviet Union.

Resentment of Confederate symbols boiled over after last week’s massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. One of the defaced monuments was in St. Louis’ Forest Park, 10 miles from Ferguson.