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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) kneel during the playing of the National anthem before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Items from Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest will be displayed in the Smithsonian


The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture will feature items related to Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests in its Black Lives Matter collection, USA Today's A.J. Perez reported.

"The Colin Kaepernick collection is in line with the museum's larger collecting efforts to document the varied areas of society that have been impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement," Damion Thomas, the museum’s sports curator, said in an email to Perez.

Sports sociologist, Harry Edwards, told USA Today earlier this year that he donated a collection of items that belonged to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback to the museum, urging curators to include them in an exhibit.

“I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,’” Edwards said.

A game-worn jersey, shoes and a photo are among the items Thomas previously said the museum planned to display.

Kaepernick remains a free agent for the upcoming NFL season.

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