Despite the rumors, the Smithsonian says it is not interested in displaying the hoodie Trayvon Martin wore the night he was killed by George Zimmerman. Earlier in the week, National Museum of African American History and Culture director Lonnie Bunch expressed interest to the Washington Post, saying the hoodie "became the symbolic way to talk the Trayvon Martin case."
This morning, the Smithsonian issued two tweets to set the record straight, informing everyone that it is not actively trying to acquire Martin's hoodie right now. In addition, spokeswoman Fleur Paysour shared this statement:
We recognize that certain items related to the Trayvon Martin trial could one day have historical value and provide a way to study and discuss race in America," Paysour says. "Acquiring any object for our museum involves rigorous consultation with a team of museum historians and curators. Any items connected to the Trayvon Martin case—should they even become available—would have to go through that lengthy process.
Now all debates about how appropriate it would be to display the iconic piece of evidence can cease.