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Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino Statement on the Appointment of Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The following is a statement by Estuardo Rodriguez, Executive Director of Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino:

“Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino extends its sincere congratulations to Rachel Goslins on being named Director of the Arts and Industries Building. Every Smithsonian Institution plays an essential role in presenting the totality of American history and culture, and the 135 year-old Arts and Industries Building is no exception.

“We look forward to meeting and working with Director Goslins to help actualize her vision of a 21st century museum, one that completes the retelling of American history—especially the countless untold stories of the American Latino community. In particular, we look forward to partnering with Director Goslins, the Smithsonian Latino Center and Secretary Skorton to ensure that the revitalized Arts and Industries Building includes the establishment of a museum dedicated to American Latino history, as recommended by the Smithsonian itself in its 1994 report, “Willful Neglect” and by the National Museum of the American Latino Commission report presented to Congress and the White House in 2011. The ongoing absence on our National Mall of U.S. Latino contributions to the founding and continued growth of this great nation is a betrayal to our next generation of civic leaders and innovators.”

Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, Inc., a 501(c)(3) incorporated in Washington, D.C., strives to create a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories by highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life. (www.americanlatinomuseum.org)


Mia Jacobs