The memorial is heavily damaged, but is still standing. Many of its walls were blasted open, and Lincoln's head is missing. When the player first arrives at this location, he/she is threatened by Silas who tells the player to stay away from the Memorial. Through dialogue, the player may be allowed to enter an entrance to the left of stairs where the player is met by Leroy Walker, who leads Silas and the slavers from Paradise Falls, now occupying the Memorial. After talking with Leroy the player can start the Head of State quest this way, or head to the Temple of the Union where talking to Hannibal Hamlin. The player may not approach the memorial as the slavers will shoot on sight. According to the slavers, it is kept under guard to prevent slaves from getting any ideas about freedom, as well as making the grounds for slavery stronger in the Capital Wasteland. One slaver even mentions that the site might even be demolished to reduce the slave society's awareness of Lincoln.
Before the quest Head of State, Lincoln's head is at the Temple of the Union. Hannibal Hamlin sets up a settlement at the Lincoln Memorial and restores the head to the statue if the player helps him take the Memorial from the slavers.
If Head of State is completed in favor of the slaves, then three tents will spawn next to the memorial. They will be used as housing for the slaves and sometimes the player can sleep in the beds.
If you look closely at Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, inscribed in the northern wall of the memorial, the letter "F" in "Future" is slightly different than the other "F"s. This is because it was accidentally carved as an "E" originally and had to be corrected.