The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is slated to open in September, has already drawn controversy over an exhibit dedicated to the accomplishments of Bill Cosby.
Although the museum says that the exhibit will be small, several women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault are outraged because the exhibit fails to mention the allegations against him, the New York Times reports.
In an interview with the Times, Patricia Leary Steuer, a Cosby accuser, said that this part of his life should be included.
“If they just speak about the contributions, there will be this enormous presence that is not talked about,” Steuer stated.
Lonnie G. Bunch III, the museum’s director, says that he understands that not everyone is going to approve of the exhbits at the museum. According to the Times, the Cosby exhibit will include objects from I Spy and The Cosby Show and will highlight his support of black Hollywood stuntmen.
This isn’t the first time a Smithsonian Institution museum has come under fire because of Cosby. Last year, many questioned a decision by the National Museum of African Art to use items from Cosby and his wife Camille’s personal art collection.