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Noose found inside African American museum in DC

ICONIC: National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

A NOOSE was found in the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) on Wednesday (May 31), near an exhibit highlighting segregation in the United States.

According to Reuters the noose — which is known for representing the dark history of racism in this country — was said to be found in a public gallery on the second floor; also home to a private, more secluded gallery that houses the coffin of Emmett Till.

The area was closed off to guests for about three hours while U.S. Park Police investigated.

In an internal email, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Davis Skorton called the incident an "act of hatred."

"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 wrote. "We will not be intimidated."

“The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity — a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans," founding director Lonnie Bunch wrote in a statement. “This was a horrible act, but a stark reminder of why our work is so important."

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