A statement from a media spokeswoman for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture has spawned some confusion as to whether the museum has an interest in the Cleveland gazebo where Tamir Rice was fatally shot by police in 2014.
The museum, which is under construction and plans to open in late September of this year, has not yet confirmed whether the gazebo would remain in its current location or be relocated.
Tamir, who was just 12 years old, was shot by police officer Timothy Lehmann after he and his partner responded to a call about a ‘man’ in a park carrying a gun (it was later learned Tamir was carrying a toy, pellet gun). While Rice’s family initially supported demolition, family attorney Subodh Chandra told Cleveland.com that his mother Samaria would support its relocation to an exhibit:
“Ms. Rice was interested in seeing the gazebo demolished and gone,” Chandra said. “But when she heard about this proposal, she understood the historic importance of [the gazebo] and was supportive of the concept if the museum is interested in acquiring it and will handle the matter in a tasteful and appropriate way.”