In case you haven’t heard about this yet.
A noose was found on Wednesday inside the(NMAAHC), the Smithsonian said in a statement.
According to CBS affiliate WUSA, the noose was found by museum visitors in the segregation section of the history galleries.
NMAAHC Founding Director Lonnie Bunch released a statement via Twitter late Wednesday saying “the noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity” and that the “incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face” and “was a horrible act.”
An investigation is ongoing. A spokesperson from NMAAHC didn’t immediately respond to a request by CBS News for comment.
Wednesday’s discovery is the second time in a week that a noose was found at a Smithsonian museum. U.S. Park Police said a noose was hanging from a tree outside the Hirshhorn Museum, which features contemporary art and culture, in the nation’s capital on Friday. Officials said in a statement that it was unclear how long it had been there and that it was found by a Smithsonian police officer, WUSA reports.
Read the entire report here.
And here is a tweet from Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture:
A statement from our Founding Director Lonnie Bunch on the noose found in our history galleries today. pic.twitter.com/sFWVSaobhV
— Smithsonian NMAAHC (@NMAAHC) May 31, 2017