Workers have continued cleaning residue from green paint that was splattered on the Lincoln Memorial in an apparent case of vandalism.
Cleaners returned to the memorial Saturday as the memorial was open to visitors. A National Park Service spokeswoman says they are working cautiously to prevent any damage.
Meanwhile, a Virginia woman says she discovered the vandalism and reported it to U.S. Park Police about 1:30 a.m. Friday.
Jamie McDaniel of Stafford, Va., says she was showing a friend the memorial and went late to avoid the crowds. McDaniel says about 20 people were visiting the memorial at that hour.
McDaniel says she was stunned to see green and white paint splattered on the Lincoln statue. She then found two Mountain Dew bottles overflowing with paint.
Carol B Johnson with the National Park Service tweeted Monday ?@NationalMallPIO
"Historic Preservation Crew will apply poultices to remaining paint Monday and powerwash Tuesday. Incrementally stronger products will be used until the stone is clean. Process is likely to continue for several days.
A conservation product designed to remove paint from stone surfaces has been applied twice. Following conservation protocol, the gentlest cleansing methods are used first to remove the paint. The National Mall Historic Preservation Crew has removed approximately 90 percent of the paint splashed on the Lincoln Memorial."