Clovis Japanese American community honored at Heritage Walk

The Fresno BeeJune 9, 2014 

The Clovis Heritage Walk will dedicate a statue and storyboard of Japanese American pioneers at 10 a.m. on June 21 at the northeast corner of Clovis and Shaw avenues.

The statue, a re-creation of a photo of Fumio "Ike" Ikeda that appeared in the Clovis Independent in 2003, is being sponsored by the Clovis Japanese American Citizens League. The storyboard will document the involvement of the community of Japanese Americans in Clovis.

A project of the city, the Heritage Walk seeks to showcase the contributions that groups from diverse communities have made to the Clovis lifestyle. This is the second cultural artwork to be donated to the city. The first piece was the "Acorn Gatherer," donated in 2009 as a representation of the Native American culture in the area.

The event is open to the public and parking will be available in the Lowe's parking lot.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6659 or kelwood@fresnobee.com.

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