The National Museum of the American Latino Act is legislation to authorize the Smithsonian to create a museum honoring Latino Americans similar to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. While speaking at San Antonio’s Centro de Artes museum this morning Senator John Cornyn said the museum is needed. And the history and culture of American Latinos is ingrained in the fabric of America.
“The contributions of Latinos to not only the culture here in Texas and in San Antonio but nationally, I think needs to be recognized and remembered,” Cornyn says. “Because we’ve had conflicts along the way, if we don’t remember it, if we don’t recall it, and if we don’t put it in a museum, then people will make the same mistakes over and over again.”
Supporters are working to build the museum on the national mall. And they say it would celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans. It was almost ten years ago that a commission was established to study the creation of a National Museum of the American Latino.