WASHINGTON: The Lincoln Memorial was temporarily closed Friday after someone splattered green paint on the statue of the 16th president, though the National Park Service said it would reopen soon.
The apparent vandalism was discovered around 1:30 a.m. Friday on the statue, the pedestal and the floor, U.S. Park Police said. No words, letters or symbols were visible in the paint.
The marble Lincoln statute had green paint on its shin, coattail, chair and base, as well as paint on the floor of the memorial building.
Capt. Steven Booker said the paint spill “appears intentional based off of the splatter.” Police were reviewing security camera footage to try to identify possible suspects, he said.
No suspects had been identified by Friday evening. Police officials said they would not release the security footage because the investigation is ongoing. The memorial chamber was closed all day to allow a National Park Service crew to finish removing the paint.