The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has expressed interest in acquiring and displaying the hoodie Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.
Lonnie Bunch – the museum’s director, says the hoodie’s symbolic nature elicits larger questions about race in America.
“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,” Bunch said. “Because it’s such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama.”
Kelly Crow, an art reporter for The Wall Street Journal, told CBS there likely wouldn’t be many other institutions pursuing the hoodie, as it’s such a contentious object.
“I think museums should chronicle the whole sweep of history,” said Crow. “The bad stuff happened, and it’s part of the story, and it should be included.”
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