George Takei Gives Private Collection to JANM

George Takei

DTLA - Star Trek” star, Internet icon, civil rights activist and longtime Little Tokyo supporter George Takei has donated his private collection of artifacts, photographs and personal items to Downtown’s Japanese American National Museum.

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Many of the items belonged to Takei’s family, including some from the time they were held in an internment camp in World War II. Other items include scripts for projects Takei worked on, as well as the Olympic torch he carried during the 1984 summer games. Takei’s donation is the largest ever given to JANM by a single person, according to the museum. “George is fearless in his stand against discrimination and injustice, and in his determination to take on the toughest social issues and protect the most vulnerable. He is an inspiration to the Japanese American community and to people across the world,” said Ann Burroughs, JANM’s interim president and CEO, in a prepared statement. The museum will launch an exhibition drawn from the items next March.

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