Sen. John Cornyn's Smithsonian museum for American Latinos bill passes House vote

The Smithsonian Institution operates a number of museums in Washington, D.C. The most recent one built is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, pictured here. (Courtesy Smithsonian Institution)
The Smithsonian Institution operates a number of museums in Washington, D.C. The most recent one built is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, pictured here. (Courtesy Smithsonian Institution)

The Smithsonian Institution operates a number of museums in Washington, D.C. The most recent one built is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, pictured here. (Courtesy Smithsonian Institution)

According to a July 27 press release, a bill to establish a Smithsonian museum for American Latinos co-authored by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

The National Museum of the American Latino Act is a bipartisan bill that represents 17 years of government work, per the release.

According to the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, the bill was co-authored by Sen. Cornyn with Rep. José E. Serrano, D-NY; Rep. Will Hurd, R-TX; and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ.

“Close to 40 percent of all Texans identify as Hispanic, and their history is an integral part of Texas history that must be recognized and remembered,” Cornyn said in the release. “By creating a new museum in the Smithsonian Institution, we can honor American Latino contributions and highlight their stories for future generations.”

The bill will now be reviewed by the Senate. If it is passed, the Smithsonian Institution will have two years to appoint a board of directors and locate a site for the museum.


The museum will “promote the study and appreciation of Latino life, art, history, culture, and its impact on society in the United States,” according to the bill’s description on Congress’ website.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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