Tell Congress: #BuildMuseumsNotWalls & Create a Museum for American Latino Community

More than two decades ago, the Smithsonian Institution officially admitted it had a problem. With its report “Willful Neglect,” published in 1994, they owned up to leaving Latinos out of the American story told in its museums. The report recommended creating a National American Latino Museum as a step towards righting this wrong.

Five years ago, on Cinco de Mayo 2011, the National Museum of the American Latino Commission released its report, “To Illuminate the American Story for All.” The report, presented to the President and Congress, underscored the continuing need for a National American Latino Museum, and it recommended that it be located on the National Mall. It also highlighted the Arts and Industries Building as a potential location, and that building is now the last available space on our National Mall.

We are still waiting for our home on the National Mall.

In 2016, 60 million Americans, whose rich history spans more than 500 years, are left out of the national story. With this year’s important opening of the National Museum for African American History and Culture, Latinos’ absence in the federal monuments to our country’s culture is even more stark. And in our current political climate, it’s more important than ever that we Build Museums, Not Walls.

The good news is that we have a bill. And that's where you come in. This week, Congress introduced H.R. 6001/S. 3314, the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act, which would designate the Arts and Industries Building as the future home of the National Museum of the American Latino —our last chance to claim our rightful place on the National Mall.

Join us in telling Congress to Pass the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act, and build museums, not walls.

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  • Speaker of the House of Representatives
    The Honorable Paul Ryan

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