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Bill Cosby items to be included in new African American museum despite controversy

A comic book and an album cover of

A comic book and an album cover of Cosby's will be on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens Sept. 24. Photo Credit: Invision/AP / Victoria Will

The National Museum of African American History and Culture defended its decision to include two items related to Bill Cosby in an entertainment exhibition without detailing the widespread charges of rape made against him, The Washington Post reports.

In a statement released on Twitter, the museum said its “Taking the Stage” exhibition — one of 11 inaugural exhibits featured in the museum when it opens Sept. 24 — will include a comic book from the early Cosby vehicle, “I, Spy” and the cover of Cosby’s 1964 album, “I Started Out as a Child.” The cover will be in a display that features six comedians: Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley, Dick Gregory, Godfrey Cambridge and Cosby.

The museum’s decision to include the Cosby items was first reported in The New York Times. “There is not a Bill Cosby exhibition,” the statement said, noting that the items are among 150 in the theater, film and TV exhibition. There will be about 3,000 items on view throughout the museum. “The museum explores a diverse and complex history that reflects how all Americans are shaped by the African American experience.”

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