KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Emails sent by Missouri State Museum employees show they tried to defend an LGBTQ history exhibit before state officials ordered it removed from the state Capitol.

The Kansas City Star reports it obtained emails showing how state officials reacted after questions were raised about the exhibit, "The Making History: Kansas City and The Rise of Gay Rights."

Museum Director Tiffany Patterson wrote in an email hours before the exhibit was removed that she was trying to build a team of co-workers "to hold the division and department’s feet to the fire if this goes south,” The Kansas City Star reported.

“If we want to be inclusive, we need to practice what we preach,” Patterson wrote to a Missouri State Parks colleague on Sept. 1, the day the exhibit explaining the history of the gay rights movement in Kansas City was taken down.

State officials have said the exhibit was removed after only four days because the museum did not follow a state law that requires the Board of Public Buildings to approve installations.

However, minutes of the board's meetings show it has not been asked to approve museum exhibits for years.

The emails do not name the specific state official that ordered the exhibit removed.

The exhibit was later reopened in another state building blocks from the Capitol.

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