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Smithsonian Eyes Trayvon Martin Hoodie for Museum Exhibit

Posted by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 6:15 PM
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Aug. 1, 2013

 

 

The hooded sweatshirt Trayvon Martin wore the night George Zimmerman shot him to death could end up on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

The shirt became a powerful symbol of the case after Zimmerman described Martin as wearing a "hoodie" the night he killed the teen, claiming self-defense. Protestors across the country wore hoodies in support of Martin as they called for Zimmerman's arrest, prosecution and conviction.

A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman last month, finding too little evidence to convict him of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

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Prosecutors had introduced the famed hoodie into evidence during the trial. A hush fell over the Seminole County courtroom as they displayed it for the court.

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The jurors weighing Zimmerman's guilt were still and attentive while looking at the sweatshirt, according to reports from the day. One juror lifted out of her seat to get a better look at the hoodie, and the group tracked the sweatshirt as Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, moved it away from the jury box.

The hoodie is now stored with other evidence from the case at the U.S. Department of Justice, which has opened an investigation into whether Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights.

But the power and symbolism of the hoodie could be available for legions of visitors to an iconic Washington, D.C., museum.

The director of a new branch of the Smithsonian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, told the Washington Post he would like the museum to acquire the piece of history for its permanent collection.

"It became the symbolic way to talk about the Trayvon Martin case," Lonnie Bunch told the Post. "It's rare that you get one artifact that really becomes the symbol.

"Because it's such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama."

Neither Bunch nor the museum returned calls from ABC News for comments.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is set to open in 2015 in Washington.

ABC News' Stephanie Wash contributed to this report.

Would you pay money to go see this?

by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 6:15 PM
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ladyraven16
by Platinum Member on Aug. 1, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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No. I don't feel that this kids death is some significant part of history. Black kids ,white kids, Asian kids, Hispanics etc die everyday. Many are killed by someone, plenty have been killed out of hatred for their race, religion or looks but that was not the case here. I can't believe they would put this in the same museum that I assume will be about slavery and segregation.
Uniquecoolio
by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 6:53 PM
No. I don't think Zimmerman is too representative of the majority.
abecee
by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 6:56 PM

No I would not pay a cent to see a hoodie.  We have lots of hoodies in this house.

Mcelly
by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM
No, I wouldn't pay. But I understand the symbolism behind it.
BluePandaDreams
by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 7:06 PM
No. LOL. There are far more interesting and more significant things to see at the Smithsonian than some hoodie worn by some kid.
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pinkcoffeecup
by Gold Member on Aug. 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

If I was going to the Smithsonian.  I don't want to go see Trevon's hoodie. 

Kathy489
by Bronze Member on Aug. 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM

It's unanimous, NO!

susannah2000
by on Aug. 19, 2013 at 2:38 AM

Why do they want to put the hoodie of a gangbanging wanna be thug who was shot while he was smashing Zimmerman's head into the concrete, into t the Smithsonian? I sincerely hope this is not true. It is offensive to honor or memorialize this kid.

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