Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC shut after vandalism

The Lincoln Memorial, with green paint splatter visible (26 July 2013)

Washington DC’s Lincoln Memorial has been closed to visitors while workers clean up an act of vandalism, the US Park Police have said.

A vandal splattered green paint on the seated statue of the 16th US president and on the floor, police said.

The monument, one of the US capital’s most prominent, could reopen on Friday.

Lincoln, president from 1861 until his assassination in 1865, led the northern states to victory against the South in the American Civil War.

In addition to the statue, the heavily trafficked monument features inscriptions of two of Lincoln’s most famous speeches.

The monument, situated on the National Mall near the US Capitol building and the White House, is in the open air and is normally accessible 24 hours a day.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage. The vandalism was discovered about 01:30 local time (05:30 GMT) on Friday.

The cleaning is expected to be completed by Friday morning, the authorities said.


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