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One of family, patriotism, hard work, ingenuity, and pride in the country we’ve all built together.

American Latinos are veterans, artists, athletes, business leaders–active participants in every walk of life. Latino communities have been an integral part of America since well before the founding of this great nation.

Our Stories
Can’t Stay Silent

Join us in calling for the building of a Smithsonian museum to house them.

Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) is a non-profit, charitable organization, and is the only initiative dedicated to the creation of a National American Latino Museum.

The need for representation of American Latinos on the National Mall has been publicly acknowledged by the Smithsonian itself for more than 20 years.

“Latinos are woven into the fabric of America. All Americans benefit from a greater understanding of Latino contributions to this great country”

– Gina Rodriguez

What Would You Include?

Frida’s cast. Rudolfo Anaya’s manuscripts. Anthony Muñoz’s zapatos. The stethoscope of Helen Rodríguez Trías. Tell us the stories, people, events, or objects you believe should be featured in the American Latino Museum.

What I want to highlight for inclusion in the eventual Museum of the American Latino:

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Recent News

VICTORY: LEGISLATION TO CREATE A SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN LATINO PASSED BY CONGRESS

Friends of the American Latino Museum celebrate passage as legislation advances to the White House Washington, DC — Last night, Congress approved the National Museum of the American Latino Act (H.R. 2420), which will create the long-overdue museum on the National Mall dedicated to commemorating over 500 years of American Latino contributions to the nation’s […]

Historian Letter to Senate Rules Committee

On November 16, 2020, Professor Stephen Pitti, Professor of History and Director of Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) at Yale University submitted the following letter to the to the Senate Rules Committee on behalf of the 210 signatories. Dear Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Klobuchar, We write as historians […]

Latino Museum Bill Letter to House and Senate Leadership

On December 14th, 2020 the letter below was submitted to Congressional Leadership with over 140 influential signatories to encourage the passage of the National Museum of the American Latino Act. If you are interested in adding your name to this growing list, please sign-up here.  Dear Leader McConnell, Senator Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Representative McCarthy: […]

SENATOR MIKE LEE BLOCKS LEGISLATION TO CREATE A NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN LATINO

Friends of the American Latino Museum views this move to block bipartisan legislation to honor American history as shameful Washington, DC — Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) opposed the movement to approve the National Museum of the American Latino Act (H.R. 2420) by unanimous consent. The legislation would create the long-overdue museum on the National […]