Smithsonian Wants Trayvon's Hoodie

For National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open in 2015

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 2, 2013 6:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's one of the most talked about sweatshirts in America. Now, the dark gray hoodie Trayvon Martin was wearing the night he was killed may be put on display for all to see. The director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (set to open in 2015) thinks the iconic sweatshirt would be a meaningful addition to its growing collection. "It became the symbolic way to talk the Trayvon Martin case," Lonnie Bunch told the Washington Post. "Because it’s such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama."

How likely is it to happen? The Post reports it could be years before Trayvon's family has a chance to collect the hoodie. It's currently being held on orders from the Justice Department as a civil rights investigation is under way. Once the family is permitted to pick it up, they'll be able to decide what to do with it. Should they hand it to the Smithsonian branch, it'll join items like the handcuffs that were infamously placed on Henry Louis Gates Jr. The Los Angeles Times notes other signature items from high-profile cases have ended up in museums: The Newseum has Ted Kaczinski's cabin in its collection.

Several people wear hoodies in front of the Alabama Capitol during a Trayvon Martin rally, Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Montgomery, Ala.
Several people wear hoodies in front of the Alabama Capitol during a Trayvon Martin rally, Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Montgomery, Ala.   (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Lloyd Gallman)
An image of Trayvon Martin and a bullet shell keychain are seen during a demonstration in reaction to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Monday, July 15, 2013.
An image of Trayvon Martin and a bullet shell keychain are seen during a demonstration in reaction to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Monday, July 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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