2011 - Present


Photo by Corky Lee

Photo by Corky Lee

On February 2, 2012, Fred Korematsu became the first Asian American featured in The Struggle for Justice, the permanent civil rights exhibition in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. The Korematsu family donated two original, 1940s-era photographs to be featured in the exhibit. The Korematsu Institute, together with the National Portrait Gallery, hosted a private reception with a program featuring former US Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, Congresswoman Judy Chu (chair of the Congressional API Caucus), Congressman Mike Honda, Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Karen Korematsu, Portrait Gallery director Martin Sullivan and Korematsu Institute director Ling Woo Liu.


On September 6, 2011, Fred Korematsu’s sculpture was unveiled in Oakland, CA as part of the “Remember Them: Champions for Humanity” sculpture. The 30-ton, 1000 square-foot monument includes 25 international humanitarians such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Dr. Martin Luther King. Fred Korematsu is featured in section 3, which honors Bay Area humanitarians, including Marcus Foster, Oleta Abramhs, and Carmen Flores. The sculpture is located in Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park in downtown Oakland. View sculpture details here. View additional photos of Fred’s sculpture here.