In a rare bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives has passed legislation to create a national Latino Museum.
“The Latino story is an American story, and our history is a central threat in the history of our nation,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro, chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
«It’s time for Latinos to see our contributions, our culture and our history reflected in all institutions, including the Smithsonian museums,» said Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas. «It’s time for our children to come to a museum and see the stories of their own heritage.»
The National Museum of the American Latino Act now goes to the U.S. Senate, where it has 30 co-sponsors. The museum would be located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.