The archives said it altered parts of an image from the 2017 Women's March in Washington to remove Trump's name on signs.
The ACLU was among the critics denouncing the National Archive on Saturday after it was reported the US government agency admitted it had doctored photos of Women's March demonstrations that took place the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017. According to the Post, the word p***y is also blocked out from one sign and the word vagina is no longer visible in another.
"We made a mistake", the National Archives, a facility of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), said in a statement on Saturday, adding "we are and have always been completely committed to preserving our archival holdings, without adjustment".
An Archive spokesperson told the Post that it had altered the photo "so as not to engage in current political controversy", and to make sure the exhibits were appropriate for children.More news: Chelsea's Victor Moses may be heading to Inter Milan
The archives said it removed the altered photo and will replace it will an unedited version.
"The Archives has always been self-conscious about its responsibility to educate about source material, and in this case they could have said, or should have said, 'We edited this image in the following way for the following reasons, '" she said.
The Archives also told the Post that certain words on signs were blurred due to the fact that the museum often hosts groups and young visitors. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in 1920, prohibits the federal government and states from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex. Unbelievable and unacceptable adjustment of the historical record-at our NATIONAL ARCHIVES.
After the museum's apology, Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley said he was pleased that the National Archives is "out of the Photoshop business".More news: South Africans with slow access to global websites - SAPeople
"We made a mistake", the federal agency said in a press release.
"The government can't airbrush history or erase women's bodies from it", Melling said. "It is the job of the National Archives to document history, not alter it to serve the President's ego".
In a previous statement to The Post, it had said that archivist David Ferriero - appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2009 - supported the decision.
Karin Wulf, a history professor at the College of William & Mary and executive director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, said in an email Saturday that the museum's admission of error and commitment to a review was important.More news: Snow emergency declared for City of Milwaukee