Manzanar, Diversity, and Democracy

Posted: April 18th, 2008

Manzanar is a best practice example of a cultural, historical, or artistic monument that reflects diversity, democracy, and freedom.


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The mission statement at Manzanar states :

Manzanar National Historic Site preserves the stories and resources of Manzanar for this and future generations. We will facilitate a park experience that weaves the stories of the various occupations of Manzanar faithfully, completely, and accurately. Manzanzar Historic Site will provide leadership for the protection and interpretation of associated sites. From this foundation, the park will stimulate and provoke a greater understanding of, and dialogue on, civil rights, democracy, and freedom.

The City Project is committed to changing the Los Angeles Cultural and Heritage Ordinance to reflect the principles of Manzanar. The collection of monuments should faithfully, completely, and accurately depict the history and diversity of Los Angeles, including people of color, women, and workers. Monuments should stimulate and provoke a greater understanding of, and dialogue on, diversity, democracy, and freedom. Los Angeles should provide leadership for the protection and interpretation of such sites.

Learn more about Monuments, Diversity, and Democracy.

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