Senator Harry Reid and Senator Robert Menendez Introduce Legislation to Create National Museum of the American Latino

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2011

Senator Harry Reid and Senator Robert Menendez Introduce Legislation to Create National Museum of the American Latino

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds Senator Harry Reid and Senator Robert Menendez for their introduction of legislation to authorize the use of the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries building on the National Mall in Washington, DC as the designated location of the National Museum of the American Latino.

The creation of the National Museum of the American Latino has been an ongoing project since 2008, when the bipartisan Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino was established. Following the Commission’s recommendations, the 2011 Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act designates the Smithsonian building as the home of the museum, gives the Board of Regents 18 months to determine a plan for building the museum, and allows for private fundraising to begin. The HNBA has been an active supporter of the creation of this institution, most recently having been represented at a reception with the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino in Miami.

“The HNBA is proud to be a part of the large community that has rallied in support of the creation of the National Museum of the American Latino,” said Benny Agosto, Jr., HNBA National President. “Latinos are an important and ever-growing part of American society, and it is extremely fitting that the history and contributions of Latinos be housed and recognized in a national museum in our capital. We commend and thank Senator Reid, Senator Menendez, and the National Museum of the American Latino Commission for their excellent work and leadership on this project. The HNBA will continue our steadfast support as we work toward the realization of a national institution that celebrates the rich history, culture, and contributions of Latinos in the United States.”