According to the project’s producers and the Obama Foundation, a noose was discovered Thursday at the project site for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, halting construction.
The Lakeside Alliance, the project’s creators, said they are “horrified” and are offering a $100,000 reward to help find the person or people responsible for this “shameful act.”
“This morning we were informed that an act of hatred was found at the project site,” the builders said. “We reported the incident to the police and will provide any assistance necessary to identify those responsible. We have zero tolerance for any form of prejudice or hatred at our workplace. Anti-bias training is included in our onboarding process and repeated during site-wide meetings. We are suspending all operations onsite to provide another series of these trainings and conversations for all employees and workers.”
The Obama Foundation said officials were investigating the incident.
“This brazen act of cowardice and hatred is designed to attract attention and divide us,” the foundation said. “Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our employees. We have informed the authorities who are investigating the incident.”
The Chicago Police Department told CBS News in a statement that it is “aware of the matter and is being investigated.”
Construction on the center on Chicago’s South Side began in August 2021, and is expected to take about four years to complete.