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Latino Museum Stands in Solidarity with Museum of African American History and Culture

The following is a statement from Estuardo Rodriguez, Executive Director of Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (FRIENDS):

“Yesterday we learned that a noose was left in the halls of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (the second on Smithsonian grounds in less than a week) a despicable act whose symbolic resonance is not lost on students of history. We must all call this what it is: a depraved and cowardly showing of racism, and an attempt to intimidate the African American community by recalling the specific and hateful legacy of violence against generations of African Americans.

“This incident serves to emphasize the essential role that institutions like the NMAAHC: to memorialize the history of the nation, to provide a sacred space for reflection and remembrance, and to uplift the legacy of communities of color. Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino stands in solidarity with the NMAAHC, and against all forms of hatred. We send our support to their team for their invaluable work. And we remain deeply committed, as ever, to ensuring the story of Americans of color is enshrined in the public record of our nation’s history.”

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