As a measure of his diminished standing even within the agency J. Edgar Hoover lorded over for 48 years, a wax sculpture of “the director” has been removed from a display of memorabilia at the FBI's New York Field Office and placed into permanent storage after objections from bureau personnel, reports the Washington Post. Once revered among FBI agents, Hoover is no longer universally admired by bureau personnel. Today's agents disapprove of the history he represents, including secret campaigns to discredit political enemies, anti-war activists and civil rights leaders such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Women were also unwelcome in Hoover's bureau. By 1928, four years after he became acting director, all three female agents had resigned, and it was not until 1972, the year Hoover died, that women were again invited to apply to be special agents. Today, about 20 percent of FBI special agents are women. Current FBI Director James B. Comey has invoked Hoover's toxic legacy to warn new agents about the exercise of their powers.