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It’s 2017, yet the levels of hatred and bigotry in this country are sometimes reminiscent of decades past.

In a place that is dedicated to uplifting and showcasing the accomplishments and advancements of Black people, a heinous act occurred by a cowardly person. Someone, who has yet to be identified, left a noose in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Following the incident, the museum closed for nearly three hours on Wednesday. It reopened around 3:15 p.m., after police deemed the area “safe and secure.”

“Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African-Americans continue to face,” the museum’s Director Lonnie Bunch wrote in a memo to employees on Wednesday. “This was a horrible act, but it is a stark reminder of why our work is so important.”

According to several reports, the rope was found in the museum’s history gallery, which features an exhibit on segregation.

The disgusting incident is currently being investigated by the U.S. State Park Police and the Smithsonian Office of Protection Services.

Unfortunately this isn’t the first time a noose was found on Smithsonian property in D.C. in the last week! ABC News reports that, “Last Friday, police conducting a security check found a noose hanging on a tree outside the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum.” At this time, it’s not clear if the two incidents were related.

2017, people, 2017!

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