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Tag: National Law Enforcement Museum

Congressman Opposes Plan to Name Museum Research Center After J. Edgar Hoover

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI’s legendary director J. Edgar Hoover continues to stir up controversy.

The latest: the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) is voicing opposition to a plan to name the research center at the yet to be built National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington after Hoover, USA Today reported.

“It is not healthy for the nation if his legacy does not include an asterisk for his (archaic) views on race,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. said, according to USA Today. “I’m wondering what Dr. King would say to us.”

Cleaver expressed particular concern about the FBI’s campaign to discredit Martin Luther King Jr.

USA Today reported that Cleaver is even bothered by the fact the FBI headquarters building on Pennsylvania Avenue is named after Hoover. He calls it  a “sore point for a lot of people.”

USA Today reported that the National Law Enforcement Museum, authorized by Congress, is set to open in 2013.

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

The paper reported that foundation Director William Branon, a former FBI agent, defended the naming of the center, saying it was “in keeping with the goals of the foundation: to perpetuate the good name of Mr. Hoover. … No editorializing.”

“I can’t think of a more fitting place to carry his name,” Branon said.

Hoover’s name has resurfaced in the media lately in relation to a movie being made by Clint Eastwood on Hoover’s life. The movie is reportedly going to show Hoover having a long-standing romantic relationship with his right hand man, Clyde Tolson. Some former and current FBI agents have expressed dismay over that aspect of the movie.

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National Law Enforcement Museum To Display J. Edgar Hoover Items Including His Desk and Phone

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The public’s fascination with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, a legend, an enigma, a symbol of law enforcement, a subject of much speculation, continues 38 years after his death.

Capitalizing on that, the National Law Enforcement Museum, which opens in March 2013 in Washington, has “sealed a deal” and gotten the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation to deed over some pretty cool things including Hoover’s office desk, telephone and chair, according to a newsletter by Laurie A. Baty, senior director of the museum.

On top of that, the deeded Hoover collection will include photographs, awards, recordings, correspondence, Hoover’s speeches, and other items “that relate to his life, specifically his tenure as director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972,”  Baty wrote in the museum newsletter.

The newsletter also states:

“Also included in the donation are the papers of Morris Childs, a former high ranking member of the Communist Party in the United States.

“This collection of personal papers includes correspondence,reports, notes, speeches, writings, and interview transcripts relating to FBI surveillance of the Communist Party (known as Operation SOLO) and the relationship between the Communist Party of the United States and the Soviet Communist Party and government.”

“The J. Edgar Hoover Collection is certain to be a crown jewel among the strong collections of the National Law Enforcement Museum,” Baty wrote.

The Museum’s will also include items from Jimmy Stewart’s 1959 film The FBI Story and identity cards used by Joe Pistone during his organized crime undercover work as Donny Brasco, the newsletter said.