A noose was allegedly found in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American Culture (SNMAAC) in 2017, but the results of the ensuing investigation were never released and police dodged multiple new inquiries from the Daily Caller News Foundation about what happened.
The SNMAAC claimed to have found a noose in one of their exhibits in May 2017. The museum founding director Lonnie Bunch called the act cowardly and depraved in a statement on Twitter the day of the incident.
“The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity — a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans,” Bunch said in the statement. “Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face.”
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
Although the original claim received widespread media coverage, the FBI never got involved and there has been no official update on the investigation’s results, no arrests and no official statement from authorities dubbing the incident a hate crime.
“It was found on the floor of an exhibition.