Smithsonian Latino Center

The Smithsonian Latino Center serves as the corazón (heart) of Latinidad at the Smithsonian. Through its exhibits, initiatives and programs, it unlocks the dynamic Latino stories that shape national experience and identity in the U.S. In preserving and presenting these stories, the center empowers a greater understanding and deeper appreciation for the enduring contributions of Latinos to the country in a way that celebrates Latino presence in American history and culture and convenes inclusive conversations about the stories that continue to inspire generations to come. For more information, visit

1992 stamp commemorating the life and work of Bartolomé de las Casas, a Dominican friar who denounced Spanish abuses against the Caribbean's Native people. Though he regretted it later, he recommended increasing the number of enslaved Africans to lessen the burden on Native communities. Courtesy of the National Postal Museum. Estampilla de 1992 en conmemoración de la vida y trabajo de Bartolomé de las Casas, un fraile dominicano que denunció los abusos de los españoles contra los pueblos indígenas del Caribe. Aunque luego se arrepintió, recomenó aumentar el número de africanos esclavizados para mitigar la carga de las comunidades indígenas. Cortesía del Museo Nacional del Correo.

Rereading Bartolomé de las Casas

August 29th, 2019, 1:58PM
Promotional image of the Caminos exhibit on display at Arte Américas. (Courtesy of Arte Américas)

The Importance of Latinx Representation in Museums

August 26th, 2019, 1:10PM