Culture 

The Smithsonian Institution Is Collecting Black Lives Matter Signs "To Preserve History"

“It is critical that we collect so this moment does not get lost.”

By
735 Hypes

The Smithsonian Institution Is Collecting Black Lives Matter Signs "To Preserve History"

“It is critical that we collect so this moment does not get lost.”

Multiple demonstrations across the U.S. and other countries have taken place over the past few weeks after the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others. According to The New York Timescurators from the Smithsonian Institution have begun collecting Black Lives Matter “art, signs, photographs and other artifacts” from the protest sites outside the White House.

Nine curators from three Smithsonian museums surveyed the Lafayette Square area last week where the security fence broke down, which was initially put up to prevent protestors from entering the premise. Their signs were later taken away by the curators in order to preserve history and “collect historical artifacts in real-time.” Aaron Bryant, a curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture told the publication: “It is critical that we collect so this moment does not get lost. We talk to people so we don’t forget their stories. History is happening right before us.”

The National Museum of American History said in a statement that it “recognizes that we are in a transformative time in the United States. We are listening to communities. We will document this important moment responsibly and respectfully through a variety of objects and stories from Washington, D.C. and across the nation.” Bryant was able to gather two signs but could not disclose any more information until the objects are “processed to determine whether they will officially join the museum’s collection.”

Portions of the recently-erected security fence were not collected – however, Bryant notes that other museums “might look to take parts of it.” Head on over to The New York Times for more information.

In case you missed it, don’t forget to watch John Boyega’s powerful speech at Hyde Park, London.

Read Full Article
Share this article

What to Read Next

The Academy Announces New Measures to Increase Representation at the Oscars
Film & TV

The Academy Announces New Measures to Increase Representation at the Oscars

Future films must meet representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility.
774 Hypes

Under Armour Designs Reusable Face Mask for Exercising
Health

Under Armour Designs Reusable Face Mask for Exercising

Workout gear that addresses COVID-19 concerns.
5,302 Hypes


In Times of Radical Unrest, Social Media Activism Is Not Enough
Culture 

In Times of Radical Unrest, Social Media Activism Is Not Enough

“Protests should not be confined to hashtags of the virtual world.”
1,366 Hypes

Netflix Releases Dave Chappelle Special Addressing Murder of George Floyd
Film & TV 

Netflix Releases Dave Chappelle Special Addressing Murder of George Floyd

Titled ‘8:46,’ the amount of time it took police to suffocate Floyd to death.
1,132 Hypes

Bianca Saunders Releases Zine With Joshua Woods
Culture

Bianca Saunders Releases Zine With Joshua Woods

Dubbed ‘We Are One Of The Same.’
705 Hypes

More ▾