Few items from the George Zimmerman trial are as symbolic as Trayvon Martin’s hoodie. The piece of clothing which the teen wore the night he was shot in 2012 has served as a rallying point for protesters across the country.
Now that the trial is over, items are slowly filtering back to Martin’s family and the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has expressed an interest in that hoodie.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Lonnie Bunch, said the hoodie is uniquely positioned to help “ask the bigger questions” about race in America.
“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,” Bunch said. “Because it’s such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama.”
What do you think: Does Trayvon Martin’s hoodie belong at the Smithsonian?