Lincoln Statue Vandalized

Ofc. Craig Hamilton

Monday, November 30, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.

Update 11/27/2020:

The City would like to give a big thanks to locally owned SERVPRO of South and West Spokane and Spokane County, SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane, and SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley, who generously and immediately offered up their services to clean and restore the Lincoln Statue in Spokane.

After a full day of work (and at least a day or two more), lots of progress was made. See the attached pictures of the cleanup in action!

The Spokane Police Department is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233

Original Release 11/26/2020:

Spokane’s Abraham Lincoln Statue in the downtown area was vandalized on Thanksgiving Day.

Spokane Police received information from a media news reporter that the statue had been vandalized with paint. Police responded to the area of Main and Lincoln to find someone had intentionally dowsed the statue with red paint. It’s unknown what the motivation is behind the malicious mischief but it’s disheartening to see such a thing in our beautiful city.

According to Spokane Historical, the statue was unveiled in 1930 and took 8 years to fundraise for the $25,000 price tag, which began in 1922, nearly a century ago. In 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy gave a speech at the Lincoln Statue during his campaign for presidency. The statue is a historical landmark of our city that has thousands of people a day passing by.

This incident is being actively investigated by the Spokane Police Department.

If anyone has any information, please contact Crime Check 509-456-2233 and reference case #2020-20205574.

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