DC Landmarks Vandalism a Reminder of Imperative of Preserving Historic Sites

A statement from Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Three Washington, D.C. area historic sites were vandalized over the past week – the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington National Cathedral and the statue of Joseph Henry outside the Smithsonian Institution headquarters on the National Mall.  All of these historic sites were defaced with splatters of green paint. The following is a statement by Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

“The desecration of historic sites is always deplorable whether at nationally-revered or locally-celebrated landmarks. When these senseless acts occur, it’s a sobering reminder of the importance of protecting these irreplaceable historic places and our national imperative to preserve and maintain them. Historic sites, such as those that were vandalized, not only help to engage Americans and foreign visitors in our country’s past but also continue to host seminal events that become key chapters of our national story.”



The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. PreservationNation.org, @SavingPlaces