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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest jersey was donated to the Smithsonian


A jersey Colin Kaepernick wore while protesting the national anthem last season is headed to the Smithsonian.

Longtime 49ers Advisor Harry Edwards arranged to donate the jersey to The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum continuously collects items of historic significance from African Americans across all walks of life.

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35), quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Kaepernick drew nationwide attention last year when he knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality in America.

Edwards believes Kaepernick's stance against racial inequality and police brutality continued a conversation that has historically made Americans uncomfortable.

Kaepernick is now a free agent and will not continue the protest if he plays next season.

The jersey isn’t on display yet. Exhibits at the museum typically rotate every year or so, but Smithsonian officials indicated there are no fixed plans yet to place Kaepernick’s gear in public view.

The NFL has drawn criticism in recent weeks over Kaepernick's free agent status.

Some have accused the NFL of blackballing Kaepernick.

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