Scotty Andrew, CNN

From decades of Labor leader Celia Cruz’s decades of activity to a career that breaks the boundaries of Roberto Clemente in Major League Baseball, to the music of Celia Cruz, the “Queen of Salsa” with a message, the prominent Latino that made history. The story of a Latino is exhibited in a new exhibition Smithsonian’s exhibition.

The Latin American National Museum will debut its first gallery on June 18th at the National Museum of American History. The new Latin American Museum may not open in its own building for at least another 10 years, but the Smithsonian will be deployed. It will be on display until the museum finds a permanent home.

The first exhibition was “¡Presente! Smithsonian in a statement,” The History of Latin Americans in the United States “is aimed at” revealing the historical and cultural heritage of Latin Americans in the United States. ” is. In the interactive gallery, named after the family of the late Smithsonian donor David Molina, the artifacts are organized under themes such as “Colonial Heritage” and “The Story of Immigrants.”

“¡Presente!” The gallery tells the story of a person like Chavez, the Mexican-American founder of the American trade union, who advocated safer working conditions and higher wages for fellow agricultural workers. increase. Another highlight was Puerto Rican baseball player Clemente, who plays primarily at the Pittsburgh Pirates and uses the platform at MLB for 18 seasons to defend Puerto Rican children and Afro-Latin people. The legendary Cuban-born salsa artist, Cruz, used the catchphrase “¡azúcar!”. — It became a cry for a rally of black Cubans whose ancestors were enslaved at a sugar plantation in the island nation.

Other important people include trade union leader and civil rights activist Luisa Moreno, born in Guatemala, and Colombian-American drug performer Jose Sarria, the first gay to run for public office in the United States. Included in the exhibition. The Smithsonian said.

All information in the gallery is available in English and Spanish. If you can’t go to Washington, you can get it online through the Companion Website, which introduces some of the artifacts and stories found in face-to-face exhibits. The Smithsonian said.

Eduardo Diaz, Deputy Director of the Latin American Museum, said 2022 was a “special year” for the gallery to open. This is the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Latin Center, a Smithsonian initiative to better represent Latin Americans in the walls.

However, it was in December 2020 that Congress approved the creation of an American Latin Museum and an American Women’s History Museum. Proponents have been asking Congress and the Smithsonian to set up an American Latin Museum for years. Cost estimates were presented through the Council of Economic Advisers in 2011.

It may take more than 10 years to introduce, approve, and actually open the Smithsonian Museum. A bill calling for the creation of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was passed in 2003, but the museum itself did not open. 2016.

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CNN’s Leah Asmelash contributed to this story.

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