WASHINGTON—Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (FRIENDS) applauds the Smithsonian Board of Regents for narrowing its focus to two locations on the National Mall for the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum: the South Monument site and the Tidal Basin site.
“This announcement is great news—the focus on the South Monument site and the Tidal Basin site for the future American Latino Museum and the Women’s History Museum underscores the importance of these museums for the Smithsonian, as well as for the telling of our American history across our National Mall,” said FRIENDS President and CEO Estuardo Rodriguez. “Our future National Museum of the American Latino deserves to be built on a blank canvas that allows the full expression of our community through architectural design celebrating the diversity of our experiences and culture. Both the South Monument site and the Tidal Basin site will allow this.”
“Today’s announcement also makes it abundantly clear that our work here is not done. Our national partners and community leaders remain committed to advocating in support of our U.S. Latino experience to be rightfully displayed on the National Mall until we reach the finish line,” said FRIENDS Board Chair Lili Gil Valletta. “We will continue our support of the Smithsonian Institution, Secretary Lonnie Bunch, and the Board of Regents, and the work to ensure the appropriate legislation is passed, with full bipartisan support, to create a clear pathway for both museums.”