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Minoru Yasui Legacy Garden Unveiling
March 28, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Join us at 11:30 a.m. on the grounds of The Hood River County Library for the dedication of the Legacy Garden that features a restrained monument to Minoru Yasui. Immediately following the dedication, the audience will move inside the library, and George Nakata will share his memories about Min. George has engaging stories to tell about his encounters with the now famous prisoner, attorney, and social justice organizer.
In addition, George also has many of his own experiences and insights to share. During this contentious political moment laced with racial tension, it is important to look back at similar moments in this community’s history.
George Nakata, child of the WWII Japanese Internment Camps, comes to Hood River on March 28th to help us celebrate the statewide commemoration of Japanese-American activist Minor Yasui (1916-1986). Each year going forward, Oregon legislators and citizens will take time to recognize ‘Min’s’ life-long fight for equal justice under the law. This story is particularly poignant to our community, because Yasui, who was born in Hood River, did not return to the town of his birth after WWI. Soured by the prejudicial actions of his community, he–like many other Japanese-Americans–chose to find a friendlier place to settle permanently.