Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Fred Korematsu becomes first Asian American in Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery civil rights exhibition

Fred Korematsu becomes first Asian American in Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery civil rights exhibition

On February 2, civil rights icon Fred T. Korematsu became the first Asian American featured in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery permanent exhibition, “The Struggle for Justice.” Two 1940s-era original photographs of Korematsu were presented on February 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Portrait Gallery in a private event featuring speakers including the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, former US Secretary of Transportation, Congresswoman Judy Chu, chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressman Mike Honda, Congressman Doris Matsui, Ling Woo Liu, director of the Korematsu Institute, Karen Korematsu, co-founder of the Korematsu Institute and Martin Sullivan, director of the National Portrait Gallery. The photographs are now available for public view.