Manzanar Committee Calls On Los Angeles City Council To Designate Site of Tuna Canyon Detention Station As A Historic-Cultural Monument
June 8, 2013 5 Comments
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LOS ANGELES — On June 8, the Manzanar Committee announced their support of efforts by the Historic Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition, and Los Angeles City Council member Richard Alarcon, to designate the site of the former Tuna Canyon Detention Station as a Historical Cultural Monument.
Tuna Canyon, located in Tujunga (Northeast San Fernando Valley), originally a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, became a high security prison within days after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. 1,490 Issei (first generation Japanese Americans; immigrants from Japan who had been prevented from becoming United States citizens by racist laws) were unjustly incarcerated at Tuna Canyon prior to being moved to one of the permanent confinement sites operated by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) or the Department of Justice/Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) during World War II.