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Lawmakers Propose National Museum of the American People

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The Smithsonian Castle sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The Smithsonian Castle sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers argue that the National Mall could soon run out of green space, so they want to create a National Museum of the American People.

The Mall already has a Native American museum, and soon it will have an African American museum. And some lawmakers are pushing for a Latino museum. But what about Asian Americans? What about Irish Americans? The list of ethnicities represented in the U.S. goes on and on.

Virginia Rep. Jim Moran says a National Museum of the American People could have a unifying affect. "We've got such a multiplicity of ethnicities that maybe we should consider having a museum that underscores our commonality rather than our differences."

The bill is also sponsored by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and northern Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly, along with northern Virginia Republican Frank Wolf.


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