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América Tropical

One of L.A.’s most famous murals

América Tropical

América Tropical

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County are proud to join the nationwide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. Latinxs have transformed Los Angeles, creating symbols and spaces where their heritage continues to thrive.

Join Gallery Interpreter, Justin Ramos, as he shares the history of one of Los Angeles' most controversial murals América Tropical, painted by David Alfaro Siqueiros.

MEET justin ramos, GALLERY INTERPRETER

Justin Ramos Headshot

Justin Ramos (he/him) is a gallery interpreter at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Justin pursued a degree in history and art history at UCLA and earned a master’s degree in museum anthropology at Columbia University. Working as an educator at NHM allows him to share his passion for history and the study of material culture. When he is not researching Los Angeles history, Justin can be found in his small workshop, making things out of wood.

Join the conversation on social media by sharing your own stories about Hispanic, Latino/a and Latinx heritage by using #NHMLA and #HispanicHeritageMonth