Officials have launched an investigation after external lights went out at the obelisk, shrouding it in darkness overnight on Sunday.
Demonstrators targeted statues they saw as symbolizing the parts of American history most closely associated with racism and white supremacy.
The historic observatory houses around 50 buildings and several telescopes used by leading astronomers.
"My easy solution for the park rangers and hopefully snipers who are going to be watching for this is to shoot on sight. Shoot, done. No more messing with monuments. You want to mess with a monument? Done, get out," Wendy Bell said.
Illinois Democratic Representative Bobby Rush referred to the monuments as "the false idols of the confederacy."
Richmond, Virginia will "offer the monument or memorial for relocation and placement to any museum, historical society, government, or military battlefield" for a period of 30 days.
A look back at the Civil War ought to be most instructive.
Rochester police found the statue near a river on Sunday, the 168th anniversary of Douglass' "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July" speech.
"Hey, hey, ho ho, this racist guy has got to go!" the crowd chanted as a number of protesters used ropes and chains to pull down the monument in the Little Italy neighborhood.
"In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance,' Trump said.
"I think it's appropriate to put it in a museum or a place out of the public square," said Delaware Governor John Carney of the whipping post on Tuesday.
The former vice president said there is a "distinction" to be made between George Washington, who did own slaves, and Confederate leaders.
Four men have been charged with destruction of federal property over a failed effort to topple a statue of President Andrew Jackson during a protest on June 22.
President Donald Trump has revived his calls for a Congressional ban on burning the American flag amid ongoing demonstrations.
More than 1,700 public Confederate monuments and symbols remain in place across the U.S.
The statue was spray-painted with the words "genocidal colonist," according to images shared on social media.
Lowndes County Supervisor Harry Sanders said that dependency still occurs today and criticized black people for being the only ones unable to assimilate.
In his Friday ruling, Judge Clarence Seeliger referred to the monument as "a potential catastrophe that could happen at any time if individuals attempt to forcible remove or destroy it."
If a statue of Hitler was erected—or retained—people would not see it as an opportunity to be educated about the Holocaust. They would ask why we're venerating a genocidal murderer.
"We should not give Davis, a traitor and racist who lived in our state for less than a year, his own state holiday," Alabama State Representative Chris England wrote Thursday.
In an act of vandalism, communist ideology was painted on Pittsburgh's notable war memorial named The Doughboy.
The monument was erected as a symbol of gratitude for a loan from the Russian-Kyrgyz Development Fund.
The architecture, paintings and monuments that have shaped American art throughout the ages.
"We want to teach, so should we erect a statue with slaves hanging from a tree?" Democratic state Representative Jarvis Johnson said knocked Republican supporters of a bill that would protect Confederate monuments.
A Manhattan judge ruled that two works by Vienna's Egon Schiele belong to three heirs of the Holocaust victim robbed by the Nazis 80 years ago.
Two statues of Confederate military generals have been covered in black shrouds since August.
Two Confederate monuments, one of which celebrated a rebel general and possibly the Ku Klux Klan's first grand wizard, were removed Wednesday night in Tennessee.
It could be the oldest image ever recorded at the desert site.
A new monument in Central Park will glorify women's achievements and include women's suffrage activists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.