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Sign of the times: Signs from women's marches being saved

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/26/2017 By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press
In this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 file photo, protesters build a wall of signs outside the White House for the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency in Washington. Signs from the women's marches around the world are being saved as cultural treasures by museums, libraries and colleges. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) © The Associated Press In this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 file photo, protesters build a wall of signs outside the White House for the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency in Washington. Signs from the women's marches around the world are being saved as cultural treasures by museums, libraries and colleges. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Signs from women's marches around the world are being saved as cultural treasures by museums, libraries and colleges.

In this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 file photo, placards line fences surrounding Boston Common during a Women's March in Boston. Signs from the women's marches around the world are being saved as cultural treasures by museums, libraries and colleges. (AP Photo/Dwayne Desaulniers, File) © The Associated Press In this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 file photo, placards line fences surrounding Boston Common during a Women's March in Boston. Signs from the women's marches around the world are being saved as cultural treasures by museums, libraries and colleges. (AP Photo/Dwayne Desaulniers, File)

More than a million people rallied at dozens of demonstrations last Saturday to protest President Donald Trump and to support women's rights. Many carried homemade signs bearing slogans and images that were defiant, hopeful and biting.

FILE- In this Jan. 21, 2017, file photo, demonstrators take part in the Women's March in London the day after the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Signs from the women's marches around the world are being saved as cultural treasures by museums, libraries and colleges. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Jan. 21, 2017, file photo, demonstrators take part in the Women's March in London the day after the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Signs from the women's marches around the world are being saved as cultural treasures by museums, libraries and colleges. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

But as the crowds cleared out and abandoned scores of signs, some historians and archivists scrambled to salvage them.

Three professors from Boston's Northeastern University are planning a display of signs collected from a local march. The National Museum of American History collected some from the National Mall. Other museums are accepting donated signs.

On social media, their efforts have drawn mixed reactions. Some say the signs are inspiring. Others say they have no place in a museum.

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