A rope was discovered hanging from a light pole in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, marking the third incident of This guy at the National Mall in recent weeks.
The rope was found on Saturday around 3 p.m., the police sergeant of the US park. UU Anna Rose told HuffPost. Authorities are still investigating how the object arrived there.
Last month, two other knots were discovered near museums in the National Mall. On May 31, tourists visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture found one lying on the floor as they walked through an exhibition on the segregation. Less than a week earlier, a security guard found a rope hanging from a tree at the Hirshhorn Museum and the Sculpture Garden.
The rope is widely regarded as a symbol of hatred, which stems from the Jim Crow era of mob lynching. According to the Anti-Defamation League, "the hangman's rope has become one of the most powerful visual symbols directed against African-Americans, comparable in emotions that evokes that of the swastika for Jews."
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department said that in the last two months there have been several news reports around the nation's capital.
Earlier this month, another rope was discovered at a construction site in southeastern DC Students found bananas hung in knots on the American University campus in early May and a rope was discovered in a fraternity house in the University of Maryland in April.
"[The MPD] has been extended to offer support to the various establishments where these crimes occurred," according to a statement issued by the MPD. "The department will not tolerate illegal behavior in our city. We encourage anyone with information to contact us at 202-727-9099. "