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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Archives, home to foundational documents such as the Bill of Rights, apologized on Saturday for altering images critical of President Donald Trump at an exhibit on women’s fight for voting rights and said it had removed the display.
The entrance to the Washington exhibit had featured interlaced photographs of a 1913 women’s suffrage march and the Women’s March that took place on Jan. 21, 2017, each visible from a different angle. In the 2017 photograph, the word “Trump” had been blurred in at least two signs carried by demonstrators, including one that originally read “God Hates Trump.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The word “vagina” and other anatomical references were also obscured.
“We made a mistake.
“As the National Archives of the United States, we are and have always been completely committed to preserving our archival holdings, without alteration.
“In an elevator lobby promotional display for our current exhibit on the 19th Amendment, we obscured some words on protest signs in a photo of the 2017 Women’s March. This photo is not an archival record held by the National Archives, but one we licensed to use as a promotional graphic. Nonetheless, we were wrong to alter the image.
“We have removed the current display and will replace it as soon as possible with one that uses the unaltered image.
“We apologize, and will immediately start a thorough review of our exhibit policies and procedures so that this does not happen again.”
The National Archives, which calls itself the country’s record keeper, has apologized for blurring out signs that were critical of President Trump from photos of the 2017 Women’s March: “We made a mistake.”https://t.co/zv2JxrWsCE
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 18, 2020
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