Noose found at DC African-American history museum

WASHINGTON — A noose was left in an exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, on the National Mall, Wednesday.

Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton said in a letter to employees that the noose was found on Wednesday afternoon.

The noose was found in an exhibit on segregation, a museum spokeswoman said. It was removed by the Park Police and the exhibit was reopened about an hour later.

In the letter, Skorton said in part, “We will not be intimidated. With new urgency, we will tell the story of our nation and all its people. We will continue to fight this sort of ignorance with knowledge. … We will remain vigilant and, in spite of these deplorable acts, we will become a stronger institution for all Americans.”

He added that counseling was available for any worker who needed it.

Last Friday, a noose was found on the grounds of the Hirshhorn Museum, another Smithsonian museum on the National Mall.

Earlier this month, two men were charged with hate crimes after a noose was found hanging from Crofton Middle School, in Maryland.

“This is history. This should not be happening in this day and age,” a visitor to the museum told NBC Washington.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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