Lincoln Memorial Reopens

Police reportedly have surveillance video of paint vandal

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 27, 2013 7:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – Abe is pretty much back to normal: The Lincoln Memorial has reopened to the public after someone splattered green paint on the lower part of the statue early yesterday morning. Crews cleaned the marble icon with pressure hoses and chemical paint remover, reports AP, and the green is now mostly gone. The crews will keep working at it over the weekend. "It is not permanent damage," says a National Park Service spokeswoman. NBC4 Washington reports that police have surveillance video of the vandal and are "seeking a person of interest." Authorities aren't releasing any details about the investigation, however.

Green paint is splattered on the base of the statue.
Green paint is splattered on the base of the statue.   (J. Scott Applewhite)
A US Park Police officer stands guard next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln Friday.
A US Park Police officer stands guard next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln Friday.   (J. Scott Applewhite)
National Park Service workers clean the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Friday.
National Park Service workers clean the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Friday.   (J. Scott Applewhite)
Splattered green paint is seen near Abe's right shoe.
Splattered green paint is seen near Abe's right shoe.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
National Park Service workers clean the statue.
National Park Service workers clean the statue.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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