The Washington Post wrote:Lincoln Memorial vandalized with splashes of green paint
By Maggie Fazeli Fard and Michael E. Ruane
The Lincoln Memorial was shut down Friday morning after vandals splashed the statue of the nation’s 16th president and the marble floor around it with green paint, U.S. Park Police said.
Police are reviewing surveillance footage from the popular tourist attraction on the west end of the Mall, but so far they have released no information about who may have been responsible or the motivation for the attack.
Authorities believe the vandalism happened about 1:30 a.m. The National Park Service will work to clean up the paint, police said, and the memorial will be closed to the public until cleanup is complete.
Police said no words or symbols had been painted or written on the memorial, only splatters of green paint. No damage was reported at the Mall’s other memorials and monuments.
The neo-classical memorial to the president who emancipated the slaves was designed by Henry Bacon and modeled after an ancient Greek temple. The 19-foot tall statue depicts Lincoln sitting in a throne-like chair, gazing toward the Washington Monument and, further east, the Capitol.
Inscribed in the walls around the statue are excerpts of the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s second inaugural address. The memorial is surrounded by 36 fluted Doric columns, representing the 36 states at the time of Lincoln’s assassination.
The memorial, which opened to the public in 1922 and draws millions of visitors each year, has been the site of major moments in U.S. history.
Marian Anderson sang there on Easter Sunday in 1939, after her scheduled performance at the nearby Constitution Hall was canceled because she was black.
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech there on Aug. 28, 1963, at the culmination of the movement’s March on Washington. Events are planned at the memorial next month to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that rally and speech.
The memorial has also been the site of concerts to celebrate presidential inaugurations, including the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 as the nation’s 44th president and the first African American to hold the office.
David Beard contributed to this report.
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