The Lincoln Memorial in Washington was struck by vandals who left an expletive scrawled in red paint Tuesday morning, according to the National Park Service.
The graffiti was difficult to read, but the words appeared to say “F*** law.” The graffiti was discovered around 4.30 a.m., the Park Service said in a statement, adding that a “mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper that is safe for use on historic stone” was being used to remove the scrawl.
Park Service spokesman Michael Litterst told The Washington Post that the removal process would be “lengthy,” likely requiring multiple treatments over a week or two.
The memorial, dedicated in 1922 to President Abraham Lincoln, is one of the most popular sites on the National Mall. It has long served as a symbol of equality and national conscience, and reunification after the Civil War.
This is not the first time graffiti has appeared on monuments this year. In February, the Washington Monument and the World War II, Lincoln and D.C. War memorials were vandalized with cryptic messages, including the phrase “Jackie shot JFK.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the U.S. Park Police at 202-610-7515.
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