A noose has been found inside the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., according to U.S. Park Police.
The noose was found, by tourist, hanging in the segregation part of the museum. The noose has since been removed and the exhibit was closed for an hour as police investigated.
“We don’t let acts of cowardice like this deter us. We are, if anything, even more vigilante and even more determined to tell this important story,” National Museum of African American History and Culture Deputy Director Kinshasha Holman-Conwill said.
“The Smithsonian family stands together in condemning this act of hatred and intolerance, especially repugnant in a museum that affirms and celebrates the American values of inclusion and diversity,” the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution David Skorton said in an email to employees. “We will not be intimated. Cowardly acts like these will not, for one moment, prevent us from the vital work we do.”
So sad that things like this continue to happen today. We’ve come so far as a country, but we still have so much work to do.
H/T NBC WASHINGTON