On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2420 by voice vote, which would create a national Latino museum. The National Museum of the American Latino will be the keystone for people in the United States and other Smithsonian Institution visitors to learn about Latino contributions to life, art, history, and culture in the United States at its signature location on the National Mall.
The concept of the museum was introduced in 1994 with a Smithsonian report “Willful Neglect,” which stated that Latinos are the most underrepresented ethnic group across all of its museums. More than a decade ago, legislation was passed to commission the viability and resources needed for the museum.
Last week, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce wrote our elected officials asking for their vote and are pleased with the movement taken this week. We also asked our senators to push for a vote this year, so that fundraising and further development can begin in earnest. We thank our Congressional delegation and Senator John Cornyn for their leadership in this and ask that you show your support for the initiative by engaging as well. For more information, visit the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino website.