Gaillard T. Return to home page. Return to Segment 3. As we read Harwit's long account of how his exhibit slipped down the drain, we observe a variety of actors. There were those who agreed, usually reluctantly, to his idea of redeeming the Enola Gay with a critical exhibit, and then melted away when the pressure came, and there were those who candidly disagreed, and felt the Enola Gay needed no redemption, and busied themselves applying that pressure.
Smithsonian cancels exhibit on atomic bomb
Enola Gay: the Smithsonian edits history – People's World
A committee of scholars, veterans, clergy, activists, students, and other interested individuals is now forming to challenge the Smithsonian's plans to exhibit the Enola Gay solely as a "magnificent technological achievement. We have formulated the following statement of principles, which we plan to circulate widely. The statement makes clear that we are not opposed to exhibiting the plane in a fair and responsible manner, but that we fear that such a celebratory exhibit both legitimizes what happened in and helps build support for the Bush administration's dangerous new nuclear policies. We, in fact, welcome and intend to initiate a national discussion of both the bombings and of current nuclear issues. But before we launch a public campaign and officially contact the Smithsonian, we seek endorsements of the statement from a small number of prominent individuals who can help the effort gain credibility and attract media attention.
SMITHSONIAN GIVES IN, CANCELS A-BOMB EXHIBIT
The director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum resigned today, citing the "continuing controversy and divisiveness" over the exhibit of the Enola Gay, the B bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 50 years ago. The director, Dr. Martin Harwit, said in a letter of resignation to the Smithsonian's secretary, I.
In a statement, Heyman credited the former Cornell University astronomer with guiding the restoration of the Enola Gay, the B Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in August When congressmen began calling for hearings on the issue in January, Heyman and the Smithsonian board junked the proposed exhibit and ordered it replaced with a small substitute featuring only the fuselage of the bomber and a few artifacts from the mission. They were not looking for analysis. Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.