The sweatshirt that Trayvon Martin was wearing the night he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida has piqued the interest of Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Bunch explained to The Washington Post why he’d love to acquire Martin’s hoodie as the latest iconic artifact to help chronicle the human experience.
It became the symbolic way to talk [about] the Trayvon Martin case. 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 Smithsonian curator, who’s collection also includes the handcuffs used on Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates as well as artifacts belonging to Harriet Tubman, feels that preserving the hoodie “represents a unique opportunity to further the discussion about race in America.”
According to WUSA9, the hoodie is back in the custody of Sanford Police Department, where the slain teen’s family will be given the opportunity to claim it.