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Photo Friday: Lincoln Memorial before the vandalism

The Lincoln Memorial was closed July 26, after green paint was found on the statue of Abraham Lincoln.

The vandalism was the first reported in a string of green-paint splatters on national memorials and Washington, D.C., landmarks.

On Monday, green paint was discovered inside the National Cathedral. A 58-year-old woman was arrested and has been charged with defacing property in connection to this vandalism, according to local news reports. The woman — identified as Jia M. Tian — appeared in court Tuesday. The judge ordered her held without bond. Dubbed D.C.’s “green bandit” by local media outlets, Tian is suspected of vandalizing the other landmarks.

Restoration of the National Cathedral is estimated to cost $15,000, the Associated Press reported.

Other victims of green-paint vandalism include the statue of Joseph Henry, outside the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall; a statue of Martin Luther on Thomas Circle and Luther Place Memorial Church, where feces and green paint were found on an organ.

Here are some photos of the Lincoln Memorial. Sans green paint.

The Lincoln Memorial on a very cold Friday afternoon in January 2013. This photo was taken with an iPhone.

The Lincoln Memorial on a very cold Friday afternoon in January 2013. This photo was taken with an iPhone.

A couple looks at the Lincoln Memorial on a Friday afternoon in January 2013. Photo taken with an iPhone and edited to black and white during post-processing.

A couple looks at the Lincoln Memorial on a Friday afternoon in January 2013. Photo taken with an iPhone and edited to black and white during post-processing.

Looking out to the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool from the Lincoln Memorial. January 2013. iPhone photo edited to black and white in post processing.

Looking out to the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool from the Lincoln Memorial. January 2013. iPhone photo edited to black and white in post processing.

All photos taken by me.

Wish you were here,

Erin

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. There are many more positive means to show your discontent than defacing public property, but unfortunately society today, especially in the United States, believes this is an appropriate expression of free speech (really stretching that personal right). A prime example is Detroit…in all my years living in and around the Motor City I have never seen so much gang graffiti, especially in just the past 3 years. Some call it art…I call it disrespect.

    August 3, 2013
  2. Very well done post. Are there not security cameras or guards at these memorials? Hard to believe.

    August 9, 2013

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