Vandals Splash Lincoln Memorial With Paint
PHOTO: Abraham Lincoln at the memorial in Washington vandalized

Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

A splash of green paint dripped down Abraham Lincoln's leg Friday morning at the Washington, D. C., memorial to the 16 th president, temporarily closed Friday morning from the vandalism that occurred overnight.

Police were alerted at around 1:30 a.m. on Friday to the incident, which consisted of splashes of green paint on the floor, base and leg of the marble memorial.

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The paint was seemingly random and there were no discernible markings, letters or symbols, according to the Associated Press.

Capt. Steven Booker of the U.S. Park Police said the paint "appears intentional based off of the splatter," according to the Associated Press. He said police are reviewing security cameras to try and determine any suspects involved.

National Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson told reporters the covered area of the memorial should be open later Friday after the National Park Service cleans up the paint.

"It is not permanent damage," Johnson said. "It can be cleaned."

The Lincoln Memorial has been open since 1922, draws about 6 million people a year and has been the location of many historical events, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

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