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'We made a mistake’ | National Archives apologizes for altering 2017 Women's March photo critical of Trump

Officials with the Archives have since removed the photo, which purposefully blurred signs held by protesters that were critical of President Donald Trump.

WASHINGTON — On Saturday, officials at the National Archives in D.C. stated they would no longer display an altered photo from the 2017 Women's March and apologized for the image, which showed intentionally blurred signs critical of President Trump being held by marchers.

"We made a mistake," the official account for the Archives tweeted. 

The photograph in question was showcased in an exhibition celebrating the 100 years of women's suffrage, titled "Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote." 

The original 49-by-69-inch photograph showed a large crowd with the Capitol in the background and protestors with the March carrying signs with anti-Trump rhetoric, such as "God Hates Trump" and "Trump & GOP -- Hands Off Women." But the altered image that was on display at the Archives blurred out the word Trump multiple times and also edited other posters held by marchers featuring female anatomy, the Washington Post reported.

The National Archives, which was established in 1934, is home to a slew of historical images and data, with approximately 10 billion pages of textual records. According to the Archives website, there are roughly 25 million photographs and graphics and 133 terabytes of information, including the altered Women's March photo. 

The exhibition has been running at the museum since last May and will continue to run until January of 2021. Officials with the Archives stated that beyond just removing the display of the altered photograph, a review of procedures and internal policies will take place.

“We apologize, and will immediately start a thorough review of our exhibit policies and procedures so that this does not happen again," the Archives tweeted.

Credit: AP
The north face of the Archives of the United States is seen in this general view. Monday, March 11, 2019, in Washington D.C. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

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