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A Potential Home for the Future Smithsonian American Latino Museum

On March 14, 2013, legislators reintroduced a bill to authorize the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries building on the National Mall as the designated location of the proposed Smithsonian American Latino Museum. The bipartisan legislation has support from both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

“We are in a new era in which Latinos are a much greater part of our national discourse,” said Senator Robert Menendez. “A Museum of the American Latino would officially acknowledge our great history in the United States, and educate visitors about how the success of this country could not have been accomplished without the achievements of Hispanic Americans.”

“Latinos have contributed to every facet of our lives and culture, they have spurred progress in our laboratories, playing fields, halls of justice, art, literature, and the economy. It’s time to build this museum,” said Senator Harry Reid.

Senators Menendez, Reid, and Marco Rubio and Representatives Xavier Becerra and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen reintroduced the bill, which authorizes a site to allow for private fundraising to begin the planning, design, and construction of the museum.

The American Latino Museum would tell the story of American Latinos, who have contributed to the political, social, cultural and economic vitality of the United States since the founding of the nation. The City Project supports monuments, including the proposed Smithsonian American Latino Museum, that would stimulate and provoke a greater understanding of, and dialogue on, diversity, democracy, and freedom.

Click here to go to the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino website and read about the bill.