Cracker Barrel Apologizes After Noose Seen Hanging From Restaurant Ceiling

Cracker Barrel has issued an apology after an outcry prompted by a display that included a cord resembling a noose in one of its locations.

Pictures of a display inside a Cracker Barrel restaurant in East Windsor, Connecticut started circulating on social media earlier this week.

The pictures sparked an immediate backlash, with one activist describing it as a "traumatizing" thing for Black people to see and a reminder of the dark history of lynchings in the U.S.

We’re sorry this happened. This antique electric soldering iron has an original wrapped cord that should not have been displayed. We have removed the item from our East Windsor store. Many thanks to the guest who notified us of this so that we could correct our error.

— Cracker Barrel (@CrackerBarrel) November 10, 2020

"Having a noose, or even having a rope tied in such a way that resembles a noose, is very traumatizing to see as a Black person," activist Keren Prescott told WTNH. "We know the history of the country."

Alfonso Robinson, a Connecticut blogger, was among several people who shared pictures on Twitter, prompting Cracker Barrel to apologize and confirm the cord that was included in the display has now been taken down.

"Someone at Cracker Barrel in East Windsor need to explain why there are nooses on the ceiling...," Robinson wrote in a tweet.

"We're sorry this happened," Cracker Barrel wrote in a response to several people on Twitter. "This antique electric soldering iron has an original wrapped cord that should not have been displayed. We have removed the item from our East Windsor store."

The tweet added: "Many thanks to the guest who notified us of this so that we could correct our error."

Cracker Barrel added in a statement to Newsweek: "As we previously said, the décor item in our East Windsor store—an antique soldering iron with an original wrapped cord—should have been noticed and corrected before ever being displayed, and it has since been removed.

"We work hard to create a culture of hospitality that's welcoming, respectful and inclusive to everyone who walks through our doors. Some of the historic décor in our stores may be reminiscent of earlier times, but our inclusive culture is firmly grounded in today."

Pictures of the display appeared to have been initially posted on Facebook by Rashamel Jones. Jones could not immediately be contacted for comment.

They were circulated on social media by others, including Joanna Iovino, a Hartford resident and activist.

The display "is an unwelcome reminder to Black people of sundown towns, Jim Crow, and lynch mobs," Iovino told The Journal Inquirer.

"Combined with the plantation-style decor of the place it is a very clear sign that they want a whites-only atmosphere," she added.

In a post on Facebook, Iovino said the leaders of two local groups, Power Up and Citizens Opposed to Police States, went to the Cracker Barrel in East Windsor to speak with management.

"The nooses were removed and a conversation was had between the manager and activists regarding better representation," she wrote.

This article has ben updated with a statement from Cracker Barrel.

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Stock photo. Cracker Barrel apologized after a cord resembling a noose was seen on display in a location in Connecticut. Getty