A noose was discovered hanging from a tree outside of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. on Friday, reports the Chicago Tribune.

From the Chicago Tribune:

U.S. Park Police say the noose was found Friday on the grounds of the Hirshhorn Museum. Officials said in a statement that it’s unclear how long the noose had been there. It was found by a Smithsonian police officer.

The Washington Post reports that Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton said in an email to staff that the institution is committed to being a “welcoming, inclusive and safe place for all.” He said he knows staff will join him in “deploring” the act.

According to the New York Daily News, the discovery comes weeks after bananas marked with racist messages were found near American University’s campus in D.C.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News

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