Noose found inside Smithsonian's African-American museum

A noose was found today inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC, hanging at an exhibition exploring segregation in America. Police are investigating the incident, BuzzFeed News reported. The investigation into Wednesday's incident at NMAAHC is ongoing, but both the public and staff have been assured that the museum is safe.

For the second time in less than a week, someone has placed a noose on the grounds of a Smithsonian museum. "We will not be intimated".

In an email, Smithsonian secretary David Skorton informed museum employees about the noose and called it a "deeply disturbing" discovery. "Cowardly acts like these will not, for one moment, prevent us from the vital work we do".

Sometimes you sit back and close your eyes and imagine what things were like for your grandparents - how scary it must have been to live in a world where crosses were burned and nooses were left on doorsteps.

Visitor Lori Nzekwe, of Tampa, Florida, told ABC affiliate WJLA that she and her six-year-old daughters saw the blocked off area where authorities were investigating.

A statement from our Founding Director Lonnie Bunch on the noose found in our history galleries today. Museum spokespersons consider the acts to be a direct "message to the museum".

One can hope that these highly similar Smithsonian museum incidents aren't a part of a larger, threatening pattern.

Police are now asking for anyone with information regarding these criminal acts to call the US Park Police immediately.

But the noose on the floor of a historical gallery in a museum dedicated to the history of the African American experience is quite another.

  • Larry Hoffman