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CLEVELAND – The City of Cleveland has decided to put the demolition of the Cudell Recreation Center gazebo on hold for 30 days after learning that The Smithsonian Institution is interested in preserving it.

The gazebo, where 12-year-old Tamir Rice as shot, was scheduled to be torn down as early as May 2nd.

However, the city now says that Rice’s mother, Samaria, contacted the Law Department asking that the gazebo not be torn down, as the Smithsonian Institution is interested in it for historical reasons. The Institution, on behalf of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has confirmed that they are interested in talking about a possible relocation of the gazebo.