Swastikas at Wagner Park

The monument at Wagner Memorial Park was defaced by a swastika two weeks ago.

A vigil has been scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Wagner Memorial Park, the city park where a swastika was discovered late last month, organizers said.

Alderman Will Stewart said he organized the “Take Back Wagner Park: A Vigil Against Hate” in response to the discovery of three swastikas in the Wagner Park neighborhood last week.

At least two of the symbols were believed to have been painted overnight Oct. 26; the following day, a gunman killed 11 worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The event, scheduled for 3 p.m., is expected to include Mayor Joyce Craig, Rabbi Beth Davidson and the Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Manchester. Davidson heads up Temple Adath Yeshurun, which is about a block from Wagner, which is nicknamed Pretty Park.

“We have included other elected officials and clergy from the North End, and hope that this will be a moment of solidarity as well as a statement that hatred is not a Manchester value,” Davidson wrote in an email.

In an email, Stewart said he was disappointed and disturbed that three swastikas were found in the neighborhood. One was on the interior of a car parked on Oak Street. Another was on a fence at Prospect and Russell streets.

“To say that type of hate has no place in our neighborhood is an understatement,” Stewart said.

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