Fred Korematsu’s story is featured in museum exhibits. We are working with additional museums across the country to include Korematsu’s inspiring story.
The Presidio's Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm
April 2017 to March 2018
Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II
Lawyers discovered that the U.S. government had suppressed evidence in cases brought during World War II, challenging the treatment of Japanese Americans.
In January 1983 lawyers petitioned to reopen cases brought by Minoru Yasui, Gordon Hirabayashi, and Fred T. Korematsu through an obscure procedure used to correct injury caused by a court mistake. As a result, lower courts set aside all three convictions.
The exhibit examines the experience of the 120,000 Japanese Americans detained in 10 internment camps across the U.S. following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It also features the story of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese American who refused to comply with the detainment order, who was eventually arrested and interned. His detainment was upheld by the Supreme Court. Justice Jackson was one of three dissenters.
The exhibit will run until September 2018.
The Exhibit will be traveling throughout the Circuit with stops at federal courthouses in Phoenix, Pasadena, Yosemite, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Fresno, Portland, Idaho, Hawaii, and at the Ninth Circuit Conference in San Francisco.
On February 2, 2012, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery formally unveiled two original 1940's-era photographs of Fred Korematsu that had been gifted to the museum by the Korematsu family. The photos are featured in the Gallery’s permanent civil rights exhibit, The Struggle for Justice. Mr. Korematsu is the first Asian American featured in the exhibit.
In 2011, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center opened at the site of the Heart Mountain internment camp. Exhibits include a section on the U.S. Supreme Court cases of Fred Korematsu, Mitsuye Endo, Gordon Hirabayashi and Min Yasui.
In 2010, JAMsj re-opened with additional exhibits, including a section specifically focused on internment resisters Fred Korematsu, Mitsuye Endo, Gordon Hirabayashi, Min Yasui and the Heart Mountain draft resisters.
Opened in 2004.
Opened in 1992.
“From Barbed Wire to Battlefield: Japanese American Experiences in WWII
October 10, 2012 – December 9, 2012. On view in the Museum’s Great Hall is the exhibition “Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Días de los Muertos 2012,” features stories about everyday Californians—from political activists to migrant braceros to former slaves—who’ve made a difference. In addition to individual artists’ altars, the exhibition features community altars by OMCA docents and students from Tennyson High School (Hayward) and Melrose Leadership Academy (Oakland).
Photo by Claudia Leung