Boston museum launches outside investigation of racial profiling allegations

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has reportedly brought in a third-party law firm to investigate allegations of racism by staff and patrons last month.

The museum banned two patrons following its own investigations into a school field trip last month but said it “came to the decision that an investigation by an external party could provide greater objectivity and clarity,” according to The Associated Press.


Museum leadership said former state Attorney General Scott Harshbarger of the law firm Casner & Edwards will lead the probe, according to the news service.

The museum issued an apology in May after a teacher at Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy said her class of black and Latino students was subjected to racist comments from both staff and other visitors.

"We were instructed not to touch any of the artifacts in the museum, yet the white students there touched the displays several times while security looked on without saying anything," Marvelyne Lamy wrote.

She also wrote that a staffer told her students that “no food, no drink, and no watermelon” were allowed in the museum and that a visitor, upon seeing a student dancing to music in an exhibit, said, “It’s a shame that she is not learning and instead stripping.”

The school did not respond to a request for comment from The Hill.