My prayers and condolences go out to the family and colleagues of Officer Stephen Johns, a security guard at the Holocaust Museum, who died yesterday protecting the museum from a gunman.

Ford Bell of the AAM said in a statement that “Museums have always been among the most safe and secure of public institutions, and museum staff work every day to ensure that they remain so. We all salute the courage and professional action of security staff and law enforcement in resolving this situation.”

Magpie has offered thoughts on museums as a place of sanctuary.  May museums continue to serve as places where people can connect peacefully and in good faith.