Lincoln Memorial Vandalized With Pro-Palestinian Graffiti
Abraham Lincoln Memorial, Blue Hour, Washington DC, America Photograph taken pre-sunrise The Lincoln Memorial is an American National monument and a major tourist attraction. It was built to honor Abraham Lincoln and dedicated in 1922. The architect was Henry Bacon, Sculptor was Daniel Chester French. The statue was carved by the Piccirilli Brothers and the painter of the murals was Jules Geurin. The statue of Lincoln is 19 feet (5.8m). The Memorial is styled as a classic Greek temple with 36 Doric columns which represented the 36 states n the Union at the time of Lincoln's death. In 1963 Martin Luther King delivered his historic speech "I have a dream".
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The Lincoln Memorial was temporarily closed this week after officials discovered that the monument had been vandalized with pro-Palestinian graffiti.

ABC News reported that the monument was vandalized with the phrase “Free Gaza,” which was painted in red, according to U.S. Park Police. Law enforcement have since opened up an investigation into the incident as clean-up crews work to restore one of America’s most iconic monuments.

“Vandalism was discovered in the area of Lincoln Memorial Circle and the Reflecting Pool,” U.S. Park Police said in a statement. “Anyone with information is asked to contact the United States Park Police tip line at (202)379-4877 or e-mail [email protected]

The U.S. Park Service said in a statement that it had started the process to restore the monument.

“National Park Service conservators have begun the process of removing the paint this morning, though it may take multiple treatments over several days to remove all of it,” the U.S. Park Service said. “The steps on the west side of the Reflecting Pool are closed to visitors while the conservation work takes place.”

On Thursday, the National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service said that the monument was now open.

“The expert conservators on our staff removed most of the paint & latex on the Reflecting Pool steps yesterday and finished up with a second treatment this morning,” the statement said. “The Lincoln Memorial and other sites remain open to the public. Good work, team!”

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