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

Senator Cornyn is the Senate’s lead sponsor, along with House members Joaquin Castro, Henry Cuellar, Veronica Escobar, Sylvia Garcia, Vicente Gonzales and Filomon Vela, to push forward legislation authorizing the Smithsonian Institution to create a museum honoring American Latinos. Once passed and signed into law, the museum will be built along the Washington Mall, flanked by the National Gallery of Art, National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of African American History and more.