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Washington, DC, July 29, 2013

Washington National Cathedral Vandalized with Green Paint


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Washington, D.C.—Green paint was discovered this afternoon in Washington National Cathedral’s historic Bethlehem Chapel. The paint was strewn over the chapel’s organ console and casework and was discovered still wet, leaving officials to believe the vandalism had just recently occurred. Cathedral officials contacted D.C. Metropolitan Police immediately, and the chapel has been closed while a thorough search of the Cathedral building is underway.

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.

SOURCE: Washington National Cathedral

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