Tourists Find Noose Hanging At National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Coincidentally, the same day Lebron James’ Los Angeles home was subjected to a hate crime by someone writing a racial slur on the front gate of his property, tourists found a noose hanging in National Museum of African American History and Culture. The noose was found near the exhibit on segregation.

The exhibit gallery was closed for three hours as police investigated and removed the noose.

The museum’s Founding Director Lonnie Bunch III released a statement saying:

“The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity—a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans. Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face.

Our museum is a place of learning and solace, a place to remember, to reflect and to engage in important discussions that help change America.

This was a horrible act, but it is a stark reminder of why our work is so important.”

This makes the second incident in a week where a noose has been found on the grounds of a Smithsonian museum. Five days ago, a noose was found hanging from a tree outside the Hirshhorn Museum.

The investigation at NMAAHC is ongoing, but the museum is safe.

David Skorton, the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, wrote in an institutionwide email, “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. We will not be intimidated. Cowardly acts like these will not, for one moment, prevent us from the vital work we do.”