A new exhibit takes visitors closer to the National Museum of the American Latino – WFAE – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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The long-dreamed-of National Museum of the American Latino probably will not be completed for at least another ten years, but a huge step was taken towards its realization when the future Smithsonian museum’s first exhibit opened as a pop-up on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

This exhibit, a preview of sorts, is called ¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States. It’s housed in the Molina Family Latino Gallery, a 4,500-square-foot space inside the National Museum of American History.

Jorge Zamanillo, director of the National Museum of the American Latino, says the placement is intentional. It’s meant to show visitors that Latino history is part of American history.

“It’s foundational. It really sets the stage. Kind of li


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