Meeting with Jorge Zamanillo to Discuss Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino

Jul 29, 2022
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Sebastian Roa

 

Washington, D.C. –  Yesterday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) met with founding Executive Director of the National Museum of the American Latino, Jorge Zamanillo, and Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for Administration, Ron Cortez, during the weekly CHC business meeting. They discussed the location of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino as well as CHC’s important role in making this museum a reality.

On the topic, Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz issued the following statement:

“Thanks to a community of champions, the National Museum of the American Latino will unveil the stories of trailblazing Latinos that have contributed to the cultural and economic fabric of America. Our preference is clear that the museum should be located on the National Mall in a brand-new building that can reflect the vision of stakeholders, activists, and Latino communities across the country.  Now more than ever, we must preserve and celebrate Latino stories for future generations. For their collaboration with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), we thank: the Board of Trustees, founding Executive Director of the National Museum of the American Latino, Jorge Zamanillo, and Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for Administration, Ron Cortez. We are proud of CHC Vice Chair of Member Engagement Congressman Tony Cárdenas for his leadership on this front.” 

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.