Staff of Rep. Jim Moran
Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D) has called for legislation to study the idea of creating a museum celebrating immigration in America.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) wants to build a museum on the National Mall, to commemorate the immigrants who have helped make our nation what it is today.
He is a co-sponsor of the National Museum of the American People, which would illustrate the history of immigration in the United States.
More than four-dozen history scholars have expressed support for the museum, which Moran plans to create without any federal taxpayer dollars. He's been a chief critic of building individual ethnic museums on the Mall.
"There's no end to the number of stories of ethnicities that ought to be told, but it’s not what we need as much as the story of all of America, how we have come together,” he says. “I think there is some merit to this idea of having a museum of all the American people that will show how all these different strands were woven together into a national fabric, that is really stronger than the fabric of any other nation.”
Moran admits one of the challenges is making sure everyone from the past is included.