Two college students are facing criminal mischief charges after police say they attempted to steal a statue of a famous abolitionist early Sunday.

Two men are facing criminal mischief charges after police say they attempted to steal a statue of a famous abolitionist early Sunday.

John Boedicker, 20, of Endicott and Charles Milks, 21, of Kenmore have been charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree.

Only one month after getting erected in the City of Rochester, a Frederick Douglass statue was damaged after police say Boedicker and Milks attempted to steal it.

It happened early Sunday at the intersection of Alexander and Tracy Street. The statue is now in police custody after getting damaged during the theft.

Police still have not released much about what happened but Tim Myers who witnessed everything say that a group of five or six men were tearing at the statue until they finally got it loose and took off down Tracy Street with it.

This year was a year-long celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of the famous abolitionist.

Douglass lived here in Rochester and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Part of that celebration included statues of Douglass being placed around the community including the one stolen Sunday.

“The fact that the monument has been ripped down is truly bothersome” said Carvin Eison, Project Director of “Re-Energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass."

“This is exactly the kind of ignorance and racism that Douglass was our shining example of advocating against and fighting against,” added Bleu Cease, the Co-Director.

As for the statue, Cease and Eison say they hope to get one back up on Tracy Street within the week.