Oscar Grant Plaza

Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Coordinates: 37°48′18″N 122°16′18″W / 37.8050°N 122.2718°W

Location and elements


Name of the plaza

In 1998, the Oakland City Council renamed City Hall Plaza as "Frank H. Ogawa Plaza" in honor of Frank H. Ogawa. Ogawa was a civil rights leader and the first Japanese American to serve on the Oakland City Council in which he served from 1966 until his death in 1994. The plaza displays a bronze bust of Ogawa.

Members of Occupy Oakland began using Ogawa plaza as a main protest encampment starting on on October 10, 2011. Their presence has been criticize for potential health and safety concerns. The protestors symbolically renamed Frank H. Ogawa Plaza as "Oscar Grant Plaza". Oscar Grant was a young Hayward man who was shot in the back by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer in 2009.


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