Smithsonian Will Not Remove Sackler Name From Museum

July 2nd, 2019

The Smithsonian Institution will not remove the Sackler name from its Asian art museum, defying a request by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.  “The legal agreement signed between the Smithsonian and Arthur M. Sackler was in keeping with the Smithsonian’s recognition practices at the time and obligated the Smithsonian to designate the facility as the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in perpetuity,” saysSmithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III. “For this reason the Smithsonian cannot remove the Sackler name from the Gallery without breaking this commitment.”

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