WASHINGTON — A noose was found hanging from a tree outside the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on Friday, according to U.S. Park Police.
Police responded to reports of “suspicious activity” near the Hirshhorn Museum at around 6 p.m., after a Smithsonian police officer discovered the noose on the west side of the plaza while conducting security checks.
It is unknown when the noose was hung or how long it had been there.
Bananas were hung from nooses at several locations on the American University campus, which has been characterized as a racially motivated crime.
Last week, Richard Collins III, a 23-year-old ROTC cadet was fatally stabbed at University of Maryland’s campus. Prince George’s County police and the FBI are investigating his death as a possible hate crime. A white University of Maryland student has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with his death. Collins, who was black, died days before he was expected to graduate from Bowie State.
His funeral was held Friday.