A black history museum that excluded a U.S. Supreme Court justice — only the second black American to serve on the high court and an important part of black history — will now include him.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture reportedly installed an exhibit that features the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice, and the present Justice Clarence Thomas.
Marshall was previously mentioned for his role as an NAACP lawyer in the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) case, but Justice Thomas appeared only in the context of Anita Hill’s sexual harassment claim against him.
From the Washington Times:
Linda St. Thomas, chief spokesperson for the Smithsonian Institution, said the museum installed an exhibition case called “The Supreme Court” honoring both black justices who have sat upon the nation’s highest court.
The label for Justice Thomas reads, “Clarence Thomas: From Seminary School to Supreme Court Bench.” The exhibition includes his photo and an image of Jet magazine that he appeared on the cover of in 1991.
The exhibition also lists Supreme Court rulings that were “landmark decisions on matters of race, as well as issues of ancestry, ethnicity and tribal sovereignty.”
When CNSNews asked St. Thomas last year why the museum didn’t feature Justice Thomas, she said the museum “cannot tell every story in our inaugural exhibitions.”