The institution’s secretary “condemned” past unethical practices that involved non-consensually collecting the brains of mostly Black and Indigenous people.
A bill passed last week by conservative lawmakers threatens both the forthcoming museum and the Smithsonian’s existing Latino Gallery.
Over 1,000 artists and writers have signed a letter demanding the “immediate resignation” of Asian Pacific American Center Acting Director Yao-Fen You.
Yao has “withdrawn” from her role as director of the new Smithsonian museum amid an investigation of her conduct as the former leader of New York’s Museum of Chinese in America.
The American Women’s History Museum is awaiting the findings of an investigation into allegations against Yao.
Workers at the Museum of Chinese in America allege that Nancy Yao was retaliatory toward employees who reported harassment.
Nancy Yao, the embattled president of NYC’s Museum of Chinese in America, has been chosen to lead the forthcoming American Women’s History Museum.
But the upcoming midterm elections could ultimately decide the fate of the fledgling museum.
Previously, the Smithsonian held that its museums were entitled to retain an artifact so long as its provenance rested on solid legal ground.
“Unfortunately many remain unaware of the crucial role we’ve played throughout our history,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng, who sponsored the bill.
The institution says it will return most of the 39 artifacts in its collection to Nigeria for eventual display at the Benin City National Museum.
Other major museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, still require visitors to be masked indoors.