Lincoln Memorial defaced with red spray paint

Posted at 12:39 PM, Aug 15, 2017

Representatives with the National Parks Service say the Lincoln Memorial in Washington was vandalized either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

One of the pillars of the monument was tagged with red spray paint, spelling out a message that appeared to read "F*** LAW."

According to WUSA-TV, the National Parks Service was treating the paint with gel-type paint stripper safe for use on historic stone.



A Smithsonian directory sign near the National Mall was also defaced with silver spray paint, officials discovered Tuesday.

According to the Washington Post, the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial were vandalized with cryptic messages in February, including one that read "Jackie shot JFK."

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.