Petition posted on the White House website calls on the Obama Administration to share the Armenian Orphan Rug with the American people. The petition reads:
“The White House should make available for public display to the Smithsonian Institution the rug woven by Armenian refugee orphans in 1925 and given as a gift to President Calvin Coolidge to thank the American people for the generous humanitarian support they gave the Armenians after World War One.”
The Washington Post’s shocking revelation that the White House has blocked a planned Smithsonian exhibit of an Armenian Genocide-era work of art has sparked thousands of calls and emails to Congress urging the public display of the historic “Armenian Orphan Rug” woven by child survivors of the Genocide.
A bipartisan effort in Congress, spearheaded by Representatives David Valadao (R-CA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA), is collecting signatures on a letter calling on the White House to permanently and prominently display the rug.