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White paint vandalism at Luther Place Memorial Church in DC. Photo: Mr Stroup
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Five acts of vandalism with green paint have been discovered in the nation's capital, according to park police and the Metropolitan Police Department.
An incident occurred at the Martin Luther statue near Thomas Circle at Luther Place Memorial Church. Green paint has been found at the base of the statue and white paint with feces on the pipe organ inside the Church, WUSA9 reports.
The other incidents happened at the Joseph Henry Statue across from the Smithsonian Castle and on the Bethlehem Chapel in the Crypt level at the National Cathedral, police said.
Officials said that green paint was found spattered on the pipe organ console and casework. The paint was still wet when they discovered it.
MPD was immediately notified and they are there now investigating.
The National Cathedral is currently closed to the public until further notice.
In a statement, the Washington National Cathedral spokesperson said, "Bethlehem Chapel, where the vandalism occurred in the Cathedral's lower level, is the oldest portion of the Cathedral, completed in 1912. It was the site of burial rites for President Woodrow Wilson in 1924 and was the original location of his tomb for more than three decades before he was permanently interred in a memorial bay bearing his name on the Cathedral's main level."
WUSA9 reporter Ken Molestina who was on the scene says a second chapel, the Childrens Chapel at the Cathedral has also been vandalized.
The Joseph Henry Statue incident happened on July 26, according to U.S. Park Police.
These acts of vandalism have not been connected to the Lincoln Memorial vandalism discovered early Friday morning, according to officials.
The Lincoln Memorial was found with green and white paint splattered on the floor and the actual statue of Lincoln.
WUSA9 and The National Park Authority have launched a #RespectLincoln campaign. If you would like to donate to restore the Lincoln Memorial and other vandalized National Parks, text PARKS to 90999.