Museum News

Statement on Colin Kaepernick Objects in Collection

August 22, 2017

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has collected a variety of objects as part of its mission to document the decades-long struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. This includes an initiative to document the growth and the impact of contemporary movements for social justice.

We use selected items to show the evolution and continuity of protest in America. Items owned by Colin Kaepernick were collected as part of that initiative.

Of the nearly 40,000 items in the Museum’s collection about 3,000 items are on view.  The context in which we present exhibitions of these and all Museum objects is dynamic and evolves over time.

The Museum has not placed the Kaepernick items on view and there are no plans for an exhibition on Colin Kaepernick.

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