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Noose found hanging on tree outside a museum in Washington, D. C.

WASHINGTON – Authorities say a noose was found hanging from a tree outside a museum in the capital of the country.

U.S. Park Police say the noose was Friday found in the garden of the Hirshhorn Museum. Officials said in a statement that it is unclear how long the noose had been. It was found by a Smithsonian the police.

The Washington Post reports that Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton said in an e-mail to staff that the institution aims to provide a “welcoming, inclusive and safe place for everyone.” He said that he knows that the staff together with him “regrets” the law.

The museum features modern art and culture.

The incident comes weeks after someone hung bananas with racist messages of loops at different locations at the American University.

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