Smithsonian Eyes Trayvon Martin Hoodie for Museum Exhibit [Update]

5 Aug

93.1 WZAK

On Friday, The Smithsonian denied reports that it was trying to acquire the hoodie that Trayvon Martin had on the night he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted last month.

There were reports last week that the director of the planned National Museum of African American History and Culture had taken interest in the hoodie.

“It became the symbolic way to talk about the Trayvon Martin case. It’s rare that you get one artifact that really becomes the symbol,” Lonnie Bunch told the Washington Post. “Because it’s such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama.”

After people responded via Twitter to the possible acquisition, the African American History tweeted this blanket response: “Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue. We know there are many opinions and will take them into consideration.”

The Smithsonian tweeted the institution…

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