The Lincoln Memorial was closed to visitors Saturday by the National Park Service after graduates of an elite college, reported to be Georgetown University, trashed the memorial with broken wine bottles, spilled champagne and litter. The trashing comes on the eve of next weekend’s 100th anniversary of the memorial’s dedication.
Lincoln Memorial Commission chairman (and former president) William Howard Taft (right) presents the Lincoln Memorial to President Warren G. Harding (left), May 30, 1922, National Park Service photo.
The Lincoln Memorial is closed this morning following a local university graduation celebration that left litter, broken bottles and spilled wine and champagne covering the steps. We will reopen as soon as the area has been cleaned and made safe. pic.twitter.com/AVuOeoof0y
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) May 21, 2022
Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson, “Georgetown University students blamed for mess at Lincoln Memorial, sources say”
Georgetown University students blamed for mess at Lincoln Memorial, sources say https://t.co/tVSHbhR47J
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) May 21, 2022
D.C. freelance photo journalist Anthony Tilghman posted photos of the trashed memorial.
The Lincoln Memorial is closed today after a graduation party left trash everywhere and didn’t clean up after. It is reported to be students from Georgetown University. @RealTimeNews10 @alanhenney pic.twitter.com/lMzzgQquEu
— Anthony Tilghman (@AnthonyTilghman) May 21, 2022
Photos from two years ago show Georgetown grads partying at the Lincoln Memorial.
Privilege – A disappointing scene down at the National Mall yesterday. Georgetown University students decided to have their own graduation celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, jumping in the pool, flouting social distance, and heckling people wearing masks. pic.twitter.com/ZgZeeZlPTr
— @DCHomos (@DCHomos) May 17, 2020
Photos from the mid-2010s show a more respectful gathering.
Lincoln Memorial at sunrise of Graduation Day. One more @Georgetown tradition checked off the list #HoyaSaxa pic.twitter.com/qasseqqrMD
— Tarik Endale | ታሪክ እንዳለ (@Tarik_Endale) May 21, 2016
Georgetown Class of 2015, watching the sun rise at Lincoln Memorial the morning of graduation…. pic.twitter.com/LPjLtoEr0n
— Jackie (@JBaldassari1) May 16, 2015
C-SPAN broadcast a segment of Saturday’s Washington Journal live from the memorial to mark it’s centenary.
Author and Lincoln Forum Chair Harold Holzer (@HaroldHolzer) discusses the history and significance of the Lincoln Memorial.
Watch LIVE from the Lincoln Memorial HERE! https://t.co/G4syO3VfZB pic.twitter.com/B018E1o5Cq
— Washington Journal (@cspanwj) May 21, 2022
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