“It is not permanent damage,” she said. “Our historic preservation crew knows exactly what they need to do.”
The memorial, one of the most popular sites on the National Mall, was dedicated in 1922 to the nation’s 16th president. The building was designed by Henry Bacon, and Daniel French sculpted the statue of Lincoln. It sits at the opposite end of the National Mall from the Capitol, facing the monument to George Washington.
The memorial has served as a symbol of equality and reunification after the Civil War. It was the site of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, along with other historic moments.
The Lincoln Memorial is generally open around the clock to visitors. Park rangers leave their posts about 10 p.m. and return about 9 a.m. daily. U.S. Park Police, however, maintain 24-hour patrols at the memorial, Lt. Pamela Smith said.