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Media Alert
January 25, 2010

National Archives Hosts Press Preview for Fighting for Democracy January 28

New exhibit explores questions of citizenship and identity in America during World War II

Bill Terry, Tuskegee Airman,Tuskegee Army Air Field, Alabama, December 1944, US National Archives.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team advancing towards Bruyeres, France, October 1944. US Army Photo, US National Archives.

Navajo Code Talker Carl Gorman tracks enemy movements on the island of Saipan in the Marianas, June 27, 1944, US National Archives.

WHAT: A special opportunity for the press to preview Fighting for Democracy, a temporary exhibition opening at the National Archives.

What do we mean by “We the People?” This question is explored in “Fighting for Democracy” through the experiences of women and men who sought equal treatment during World War II. This exhibition tackles questions about freedom, history, and democracy in a diverse America.

WHO: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
The Honorable Senator Daniel K. Inouye
President of the Foundation for the National Archives Ken Lore
President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security Dennis Muilenburg
President and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum Akemi Kikumura Yano, Ph.D.

WHERE: Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives Building, Washington, DC
Media should use the Special Events entrance located at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.

WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2010
Remarks and Program 7:30 p.m.
The Rotunda Galleries

Exhibition Viewing 6:30–8:30 p.m.
The Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery

Background

Presented by the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, an educational program of the Japanese American National Museum, Fighting for Democracy will be on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery in the National Archives Building from January 28 to February 28, 2010. The exhibit was made possible with major support provided by The Boeing Company and the U.S Army Center for Military History, and with additional support by the Foundation for the National Archives. Both this preview and the 10-city tour are made possible through the support of The Boeing Company.

The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, January 29, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and runs through Sunday, February 28, 2010.

The National Archives is located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. Winter hours (through March 14) are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Spring/Summer hours, beginning March 15, are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

For questions about the exhibit, contact the Japanese American National Museum at 213-625-0414 or www.janm.org.

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