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Newseum To Exhibit Journalistic Artifacts From Ferguson Coverage

Protesters walk take part in a peaceful protest down a street in Ferguson, Missouri on August 19, 2014. Police lowered their
Protesters walk take part in a peaceful protest down a street in Ferguson, Missouri on August 19, 2014. Police lowered their profile on August 19, and refrained from using tear gas, to allow a more orderly night of protests in this St Louis suburb 10 days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO / Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

Newseum, a journalism and news museum in Washington, D.C., will display over a dozen items gathered from journalists who reported on the protests and civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the organization announced in a press release on Tuesday.

The artifacts will update the museum's “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement” exhibit to include rubber pellets from a police stun grenade, notebooks filled with interviews with protesters, press passes and the clothes worn by a reporter during the night of the most extreme protesting.

Donated by protesters and journalists on the ground in Ferguson in the months leading up to grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson, the items were collected by Newseum's online managing editor, Sharon Shahid.

“One of our roles at the Newseum is to help people understand and appreciate First Amendment freedoms,” Peter Prichard, chairman and CEO of the Newseum, said in a statement. “The continuing debate about Ferguson gives us an opportunity to show why two of those freedoms -- the rights to assemble peaceably and to petition the government for a redress of grievances -- are so important, even though we often take them for granted.”

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