Officials release statement on fallen George Washington bust

Updated: July 2, 2020 at 4:19 p.m.

Officials said a bust of George Washington located at 23rd and F streets no longer affixed to its stand did not appear to be a targeted protest against the University, according to a release Wednesday.

GW staff found the bust – which did not appear damaged other than the fall – lying beside its stand at approximately 1:30 a.m. on June 1, according to the release. Officials have “continually monitored” activity in and around campus in light of recent protests occurring near campus over police brutality and anti-Black violence, according to the release.

“GW is committed to the safety of people living on, working at or visiting our campuses,” the release states.

University spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said the bust has been moved to storage until “restoration services” can examine it. She said it is unknown when this can occur due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hatchet has disabled comments on our website. Learn more.