The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum Is Interested in Trayvon Martin’s Hoodie

by Sterling Beard

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture may want to add Trayvon Martin’s hoodie to its collection, according to its director, Lonnie Bunch.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Bunch says he’d love to have it, explaining curators could use the hoodie to “ask the bigger questions” prompted by the Zimmerman case. “Because [the hoodie is] such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama,” he told the Post.

Another one of those questions, he says: “Are we in a post-racial age? . . . This trial says, ‘No.’” Al Sharpton, the story explains, also likes the idea of its residing in D.C.

The museum, which also has the handcuffs used to restrain Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. in 2009, is currently under construction on the Mall in Washington, D.C., scheduled to open in 2015.

Via Weasel Zippers.

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