There may soon be yet another big national museum on the Mall, according to colleague Jacqueline Trescott . A presidential commission chartered during George W. Bush’s administration is recommending construction of a National Museum of the American Latino, to be built near the U.S. Capitol:
The commission report, to be delivered to the White House and Congress on Thursday, also recommends that the museum be part of the Smithsonian Institution.
In very clear language, the report states that national recognition of the Hispanic contribution to America is long overdue. “The Mall, more than any other public space in our country does indeed tell the story of America, and yet that story is not complete. There must also be a living monument that recognizes that Latinos were here well before 1776 and that in this new century, the future is increasingly Latino, more than fifty million people and growing,” the report argues.