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Nationwide Touring Exhibit and Educational Programming

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute is developing a new exhibit which will tell the story of the WWII Japanese American incarceration through timeless themes that connect this history to the present, highlight stories of intersectionality, and encourage civic participation to protect civil rights for everyone.

 

The National Parks Services and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) have awarded KI grants for a portion of the initial budget for this project. We are seeking additional partners to advance this initiative so that more people across the country have the opportunity to learn about the parallels of this period in our country’s history and to take action to prevent history from repeating itself.

To learn more, please visit: AmIAnAmerican.org.

The Fred Korematsu Interpretive Center
for Social Justice
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The Korematsu Institute presents a unique and timely opportunity to inspire equity, inclusion and civic participation while bringing to life the courageous legacy of Fred Korematsu for generations to come with its vision for the Institute’s next phase: The Fred Korematsu Interpretive Center for Social Justice.

 

Located in the historic Presidio of San Francisco, it will serve as a place-based interpretive center that educates students, educators, and people from all walks of life about the history of the forced removal of Japanese Americans to concentration camps, Fred Korematsu’s fight for freedom, and the importance of standing up for justice for all.

 

While there are other notable museums and historical sites preserving the history of Japanese American mass incarceration, this new center will focus on applying the lessons from Fred Korematsu's American story: it aims to inspire new generations to stand against racism and discrimination, consider different viewpoints and life experiences, and take action to protect our democracy and Constitutional rights.

The history of Japanese American incarceration and Fred Korematsu’s legal cases challenging it are intertwined with that of the Presidio, a National Park Service site and former U.S. Army post on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula. Over 100 Japanese exclusion orders were issued from the Presidio-based Western Defense Command, and it was where Korematsu was first incarcerated after he was arrested for defying the order to leave his home.

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