Celia Cruz, the "Queen of Salsa" and a prominent Afro Latino artist, will be honored in the American Latino museum's inaugural gallery. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Robert Clemente, considered one of the greatest Major League Baseball players of all time, advocated for Puerto Rican children throughout his 18 seasons in the league. Credit: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
Eduardo Díaz, acting deputy director of the American Latino museum, said 2022 was a "special year" for the gallery to open -- it's the 25th anniversary of the Latino Center's founding, which was a Smithsonian initiative to better represent Latino Americans within its walls.