NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: People sit during services honoring Trayvon Martin at Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan on July 14, 2013 in New York City. George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Martin July 13 and some congregants wore hoodies during the service to honor Martin. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Al Sharpton wants to see the now famous hoodie worn by slain teenager Trayvon Martin on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
Rev. Sharpton, more than any other person, is identified as being responsible for bringing the Martin killing to trial. He organized a huge rally in Sanford that brought pressure on Florida officials, leading the Governor Rick Scott to eventually appointed a special prosecutor to take on the case.
Sharpton would like to see the hoodie reside one day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture now under construction on the Mall and expected to open in 2015.
The museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch, has assembled other pieces with legal themes. He acquired a guard tower from Louisiana’s notorious Angola State Penitentiary and the handcuffs used to restrain renowned African American scholar and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. in an episode that sparked a national debate about race and led to a “beer summit” with Obama aimed at cooling passions.
Following the not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, Sharpton announced that he will lead a national "Justice for Trayvon" day in 100 cities to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
A six-member jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
The US Department of Justice has taken possession of all the evidence from the Zimmerman trial, including the hoodie and the handgun Zimmerman used to kill Martin, as part of their civil rights investigation of the shooting.