This is one exhibit you won’t want to miss! Funded by the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Public Education Program, “Non-Inclusion: The Story of Look Tin Eli” examines local historic ties to a story that is still very much alive today.
Mendocino-born businessman Look Tin Eli led the reconstruction of San Francisco Chinatown after the 1906 Earthquake. His story reflects the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act and his legal case was important to the eventual definition of citizenship.
The exhibit illustrates Look Tin Eli’s importance to California history and examines the law as a precedent for Executive Order 9066, which directed the internment of Japanese-American citizens and residents during World War II.
The exhibit is open during museum hours, Fridays through Mondays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Admission is by suggested donation of $5.