The hoodie has become symbolic of the Trayvon Martin case, where the 17-year-old was slain in Florida in February of 2012. Protestors across the nation wore hoodies in memory of Martin, especially when the “not guilty” verdict was delivered in the case against George Zimmerman, who allegedly killed the teen in self-defense based on evidence presented.
According to ABC News, a Smithsonian exhibit may put Martin’s hoodie on display in Washington, D.C. The director of a new branch of the Smithsonian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, tells the Washington Post he would like the museum to acquire it for their 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.”
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is slated to open in 2015.
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