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Lincoln Memorial closed after green paint vandalism

Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | 10:50 AM ET
Lincoln Memorial vandalized with green paint
Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | 11:00 AM ET
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was vandalized overnight as someone threw green paint on the base of the statue. The memorial is now closed until it can be cleaned.

The U.S. Park Police in Washington say the Lincoln Memorial has been temporarily closed after someone splattered a splash of green paint on the statue.

Police say the apparent vandalism was discovered around 1:30 a.m. Friday on the statue, the pedestal and the floor. No words, letters or symbols were visible in the paint.

A splatter of green paint covers a large area on the statue of President Abraham Lincoln after it was vandalized at the Lincoln Memorial.
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A splatter of green paint covers a large area on the statue of President Abraham Lincoln after it was vandalized at the Lincoln Memorial.

Capt. Steven Booker says the paint spill "appears intentional based off of the splatter." He says police are reviewing security camera footage to try to identify possible suspects.

Police say the memorial will be closed until the National Park Service maintenance crew can clean up the paint, which is expected to happen later Friday.

The memorial, one of the most popular sites on the National Mall, was dedicated in 1922 to the nation's 16th president.

—The Associated Press

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