3 suspected of vandalizing parts of Churchill memorial in Fulton

Thursday, June 4, 2009 | 9:29 a.m. CDT; updated 10:48 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 4, 2009

FULTON — Police suspect three people are responsible for defacing a historic church and other structures at the Missouri memorial that commemorates a historic Cold War speech by Winston Churchill.

Vandals spray-painted graffiti on the Church of St. Mary the Virgin at Westminster College in Fulton. They also damaged a Churchill statue and a sculpture containing remnants of the Berlin Wall.

The church was built in London in the 17th century and rebuilt in Fulton in the early 1960s. It was shipped overseas brick by brick.

The vandals could face federal charges because the Churchill museum is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in 1946.


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