The Harada House Foundation is thrilled to announce that the state of California has awarded $7 million “to the City of Riverside for the preservation of the Harada House” (AB 129/2021-22, Section 273, Section 19.56, No. 151). This award was made along with many other awards in the final California state budget adopted June 25, 2021, and will fund the rehabilitation project for the house, one of Riverside’s two National Historic Landmarks, which is currently structurally unstable.
With this funding, the Harada House is well on the way to its future as an educational resource on the issues of immigration, civil rights, and social equity.
The Harada House is a place where the Harada family fought for the rights of US-born children of immigrants to own property in 1915-1918. In World War II, the Harada family was forcibly removed from their homes, including the family home in Riverside, California, as part of the US government’s mass incarceration of Japanese Americans.
A special shout-out goes to Assemblymember José Medina, who took the laboring oar to secure this funding in Sacramento.
And many thanks to Senator Richard Roth, Congressional Representative Mark Takano, the City of Riverside, and the Museum of Riverside for their efforts to make this funding happen.
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Image courtesy of the Harada Family Archival Collection, @museumofriverside.