Lincoln Memorial closed for 12 hours after apparent vandalism

By WEEK Reporter

Lincoln Memorial closed for 12 hours after apparent vandalism

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 2:38 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Lincoln Memorial was reopened Friday after being temporarily closed when green paint was found splattered on the statue, pedestal and floor early in the morning.

Police say the apparent vandalism was discovered around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

The Memorial was closed for nearly 12 hours while United States Park Police investigated and National Park Service maintenance crews cleaned up the mess.

There does not seem to be any explanation for the act. No words, letters or symbols were visible in the paint.

A preservation team in charge of cleaning the paint says there is no permanent damage.