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Upstate NY school removes play’s sign with noose image

November 29, 2016 GMT

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — A sign featuring a noose to advertise a New York high school’s performance of an Agatha Christie murder mystery has been removed after some in the community complained about the imagery’s racial overtones.

School district officials in Kingston in the Hudson Valley say the superintendent requested the sign be taken down Monday after receiving phone calls and emails from people who said the noose was a racist symbol for lynching.

The large sign outside Kingston High School advertised upcoming performances of “And Then There Was None,” a play based on Christie’s 1939 novel that has also has been published and performed under the title “Ten Little Indians.”

District officials say the image of the noose was derived from an international publisher and licensor of plays and musicals for the stage.

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