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Over 1,000 Americans at the Two Largest Latino Civil Rights Gatherings Call on Congress to Create a Smithsonian American Latino Museum

Friends of the American Latino Museum gathers nearly 1,100 attendees of LULAC’s Annual Convention & Exposition and NCLR’s Latino Family Expo

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), the only organization dedicated to the creation of a national Smithsonian American Latino Museum in our nation’s capital, traveled to the League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) Annual Conference & Expo in New York City and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)’s Latino Family Expo in Los Angeles to rally support for the creation of this long overdue museum.

Leaders, community advocates, friends and family convened by the two largest Latino civil rights organizations in America showed their support by posing in front of the Arts & Industries building located on the National Mall, demonstrating to Congress the need for a national museum dedicated to telling the story of American Latino history and culture. The National Museum of the American Latino Commission recommended in its 2011 report to the President and Congress that the Arts & Industries Building should be the future home of the museum, and it is the recommended site in the legislation currently before Congress.

Supporters posed with their favorite Latino and Latina icons, books, and artwork. The selections represent a mere fraction of the wide-ranging contributions made by American Latinos to this nation in support of civil rights, literature, athletics, the arts, and more. Photos of the conference and expo participants are showcased on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, which boasts a following of over 390,000, larger than any existing Smithsonian museum or institution.

The Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act designates the Arts & Industries Building as the future home of the museum, and gives the Smithsonian 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. This bill does not appropriate any funds, but simply authorizes a site to allow for private fundraising to begin for the planning and construction of the museum.

Friends of the American Latino Museum (www.americanlatinomuseum.org) 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.


Francella Chinchilla: (202) 587-4944