Smithsonian Institution officials said that On Wednesday 31st May 2017, a symbol of racial lynching, a noose was found on the floor of an exhibit about segregation at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. U.S Park Police were called to investigate about the horrible act described by the museum’s director. National Museum’s Gallery was partially closed for some time. Director Lonnie Bunch said to museum staff, “The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans”. Director Lonnie Bunch said, “museum officials do not know who was responsible and told staff the incident is a stark reminder why the work you do is so important”.
The agency was declined to provide any further information. Spokeswomen of a U.S Park Police confirmed that the agency was doing their task of investigation. An affiliated news organization stated that the incident happened after a noose was found nearby Hirshhorn Museum. The museum consists of around 36,000 items which discovered the journey of African Americans from slavery in the 1800s. Along with the Hirshhorn and galleries and the National Zoological Park, The National Museum consist of more 19 museums. The institution’s secretary, David Skorton told the staff, “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”. He added, “We will not be intimidated”.