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Ask Congress to Pass the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act

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We need a National American Latino Museum

The contributions of American Latinos to this nation date back to even before its creation, and we are committed to rightfully honoring those stories with a national institution. Currently there are over 55 million Americans of Latino descent in this country. The passing of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum is vital for the development of this growing population that is estimated to total 25% of the U.S. population by 2050.

The Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act

The Latino vote was integral in President Obama’s re-election. 71% of the Latino vote went for the President, and Latinos significantly increased their share of total voters, and will be gaining influence that could be decisive in future elections.

This bill does not appropriate any funds.

  • Site Designation: The bill designates the Arts and Industries Building (AIB) as the future home of a museum, including an annex that would be constructed underground and adjacent to the AIB.
  • Site Development: The legislation gives the Board of Regents 18 months to conduct a plan of action to study the best way to plan, design, fund and construct an American Latino Museum, taking into account the Commission’s report.
  • Funding: The bill simply authorizes a site to allow for private fundraising to begin for the planning, designing and construction of the museum.

Click here to view the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act.

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