The First Organized Manzanar Pilgrimage In 1969 – Photographs

Pioneering attendees at the first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage, held on December 27, 1969, gathered around the Manzanar cemetery monument.
Photo: National Park Service/Evan Johnson Collection

The following photographs are from the very first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage on December 27, 1969, by photographer Evan Johnson, who attended the Pilgrimage, along with others from the Asian American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis.

Johnson donated his collection taken that day to the Manzanar National Historic Site.

“Regretfully, I have no other details of the participants or how this came about, but [that] our contingent was from U.C. Davis Asian American Studies Department, under the leadership of brilliant, inspiring and knowledgeable professor, Isao Fujimoto, still there after all these years,” Johnson wrote, in a letter that accompanied the film negatives.

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Manzanar Committee Loses Long-Time Leader Tak Yamamoto on November 9, 2012

Long-time Manzanar Committee leader Tak Yamamoto (second from left), shown here receiving the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award at the 40th Annual
Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 25, 2009, died on November 9, 2012.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee is saddened to report the passing of long-time Manzanar Committee leader Takenori “Tak” Yamamoto, of Los Angeles, on Friday, November 9, 2012.

Yamamoto, 74, died of natural causes, according to long-time partner and Committee supporter Karl Fish.

Growing up in a large family, Yamamoto was among the 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry who were forcibly removed from the West Coast as a result of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Read more of this post

Interactive 3D Model Could Revolutionize Real and Virtual Visitor Experience For Manzanar

Editor’s Note: All photographs and video clips below represent the status of the project detailed in the story as of the publication date. They are not intended to represent the final product. As such, they could contain errors, inaccuracies or omissions that will be addressed as work on the project continues. All images and video in this story are © 2012 CyArk. All rights reserved.


A view of the barracks at Manzanar, as it looked in July 1944, in a 3D computerized model.
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Photo courtesy CyArk

LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar National Historic Site’s virtual museum, accessible via their web site, is a treasure trove of information that can be used to learn about Manzanar through the use of text, images, video, slide shows and more.

Those who make the trek to Manzanar, located Read more of this post

Five Who Were Incarcerated At Manzanar Featured in National Park Service’s Civil War to Civil Rights Trading Cards

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


Photo: National Park Service

INDEPENDENCE, CA — Trading cards have been popular with kids for generations, from images of sports figures to movie stars. Now, Manzanar National Historic Site is offering free trading cards featuring five people who were incarcerated at Manzanar War Relocation Center between March 1942 and November 1945: Read more of this post

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