National Art Gallery (Credit: Getty/Jewel Samad)

According to the National Park Service, a noose was discovered near the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC last Saturday. No details were given by authorities as to who might have placed it. Authorities say that it was found hanging from a lamppost and may have been there for several days.

In recent months, two other nooses have been found at D.C.-area museums. One was found inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture on May 31. The week before, another was found hanging from a tree outside of the Hirschorn Museum, a modern art facility also in downtown Washington. No perpetrators have been identified in those acts of vandalism either. It’s not clear if any of the incidents are related.

Historically, nooses have been used to intimidate black Americans by invoking the tradition of the once-common practice of racially motivated lynchings.

American University, located in northwestern Washington, has also been targeted by noose vandals. According to school officials, nooses were found in three separate campus locations. Some of them had “AKA” on them, a reference to Alpha Kappa Alpha, a sorority that is predominantly black. Others referenced Harambe, a …read more

Source:: Salon – Entertainment

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