The graffiti at the Lincoln Memorial was to be removed with “a mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper that is safe for use on historic stone,” the Park Service said. The material is spread on the column and allowed to set for an hour before being removed with water. The process is repeated until the graffiti is gone.
“The removal has begun, but it’s a lengthy [process] that will require numerous treatments over a week or two to completely remove,” National Park Service spokesman Michael Litterst said in an email.
This is not the first time graffiti has appeared on Mall 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.”
The Park Service asked anyone with information about the graffiti to contact the U.S. Park Police at 202-610-7515.
Park Police spokeswoman Anna Rose said the investigation was ongoing.