The Lincoln Memorial will be closed until further notice after green paint was discovered on the monument Friday morning.
A visitor found the paint splattered on the statue and on the floor around it just before 1:30 a.m. and reported it to police. No words or symbols were written on the statue, News4’s Megan McGrath reported.
The U.S. Park Police say the monument will reopen once the National Park Service cleans the statue. There’s no estimate on when that work will be done, but maintenance crews are expected to arrive Friday morning.
Surveillance cameras are located on either corner of the monument. There’s no word on whether the cameras captured the vandal.
This is not the first time vandalism has been reported at the site of one of the National Mall’s memorials.
Back in 2007, an oily substance was found on the memorial wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Police determined the case to be an act of vandalism and not an accident, The Washington Post reported. The removal process took weeks to complete.