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Jackson Center to honor daughter of challenger to internment of Japanese-Americans

JAMESTOWN – Karen Korematsu, whose father was among four men who defied an executive order establishing American concentration camps to hold Japanese-Americans during World War II, will be a guest at the Robert H. Jackson Center on Oct. 17.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the center on East Fourth Street, is free and open to the public.

Korematsu is executive director of the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education. Her father, Fred, lost his 1944 landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of the mass incarceration.

Justice Robert H. Jackson strongly disagreed with the court, and his dissenting opinion continues to be read in law schools as a major definition of the rights of the individual versus the power of the government.

For more information about this and other events at Jackson Center, call 483-6646 or visit