Cleveland.com reported Monday (May 2)—the same day the gazebo was slated for destruction—that the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) “is in talks with Black Lives Matter concerning options for preserving the gazebo, given its importance to African-American history,” per NMAAHC’s senior history curator William Pretzer. Pretzer succesfully lobbied the city to postpone demolition for 60 days.
The museum, which is under construction and plans to open in late September of this year, has not yet confirmed whether the gazebo would remain in its current location or be relocated.
While Rice’s family initially supported demolition, family attorney Subodh Chandra told Cleveland.com that his mother Samaria would support its relocation to an exhibit:
“Ms. Rice was interested in seeing the gazebo demolished and gone,” Chandra said. “But when she heard about this proposal, she understood the historic importance of [the gazebo] and was supportive of the concept if the museum is interested in acquiring it and will handle the matter in a tasteful and appropriate way.”