After people responded via Twitter to the possible aquisition the African American History tweeted a blanket response, "Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue. We know there are many opinions and will take them into consideration."
The Smithsonian sent out two tweets and a Facebook post on Friday saying the institution is not "currently seeking" to add the shirt to its collection and while "items related to the Zimmerman trial may one day have historical value, acquiring any object involves a lengthy process" if they become available.
The sweatshirt will remain as evidence at the U.S. Department of Justice as civil suits against Zimmerman play out, ABC reports. Eventually it will be returned to Sanford, Fla., where Martin's family will have the chance to claim it.
The African American History museum will open in 2015 in Washington, D.C., with other items from court cases in its collection, including the handcuffs used to restrain Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.