The disfigured statues of Ramona and Henry at the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden in Portland


Statues of beloved characters Ramona and Henry tagged with graffiti

Statues of author Beverly Cleary’s beloved characters, Ramona and Henry, were defaced at the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden in northeast Portland on Wednesday. February 16, 2022.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Statues at the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden in Portland were vandalized on Wednesday.

Bronze sculptures of beloved Cleary characters Ramona and Henry at Grant Park in northeast Portland were tagged with paint at some point during the night, as seen in the images below. The words “racist bitch” were also written in paint under the statue of Ramona.

Portland Parks and Recreation knows the statues have been tagged. When KOIN 6 News asked for comment, a PPR spokesperson called the incident unfortunate and said the Regional Arts and Culture Council was responsible for the story.

Defaced statues at the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden in Portland
The Henry Huggins sculpture was cleaned after being vandalized on Wednesday. February 16, 2022. (“After” photo provided to RACC by Portland Graffiti Removal Services)
Defaced statues at the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden in Portland
Ramona Quimby’s sculpture was cleaned after being vandalized on Wednesday. February 16, 2022. (“After” photo provided to RACC by Portland Graffiti Removal Services)

According to the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the sculptures were cleaned at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon “with good results”.

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