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Photos of Chicago's Daniel Sotomayor included in new Smithsonian exhibit
2022-06-22

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The Smithsonian's first gallery dedicated to Latino history and culture has opened its doors to the public at the National Museum of American History, NBC News noted.

Billed as a precursor to a national Latino museum to be incorporated into the Smithsonian Institution, the Molina Family Latino Gallery opened June 18 in the nation's capital with the exhibition, "Presente! A Latino History of the United States."

Among those being honored are Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente, labor and farmworker leader Dolores Huerta, Cuban-American singer Celia Cruz, openly gay cartoonist/activist Daniel Sotomayor and the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor (no relation).

Displayed in English and Spanish, the exhibit is divided into four themes: "Colonial Legacies," "War and U.S. Expansion," "Immigration Stories" and "Shaping the Nation."

Danny's display includes photos by local photographer Lisa Howe-Ebright.

Lori Cannon—a longtime ally of the LGBTQ+ community who was best friends with Danny—emailed Windy City Times, "Even from the grave, Danny remains Chicago's most explosive AIDS activist.

"As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death, we are humbly reminded of his famous benediction, left to us, shortly before he died on Feb. 5, 1992: 'Just keep doing what you're doing because one day there will be survivors.'"

Danny, a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, was a prominent, militant AIDS activist as well as a nationally syndicated political cartoonist. (In Chicago, his home base was Windy City Times.) He died of AIDS complications in 1992 at age 33.


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