Lincoln Memorial Closed After Being Splattered With Paint

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Tim Brakemeier

"The chamber of the Lincoln Memorial is shut down Friday morning because of vandalism. U.S. Park Police tell WTOP the Lincoln statue and the floor inside the memorial was splattered with green paint. They think the vandalism occurred at about 1:30 a.m."

According to WUSA-TV, "there is no estimate on how long the memorial will be closed to the public." Police will be studying surveillance video. The memorial is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click here for the National Park Service's "virtual" tour of the memorial, which sits at the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It is, of course, the site of many historic gatherings — perhaps most notably the 1963 "I Have A Dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

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