44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage: In Photographs

Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

A few days have passed since the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and the 2013 Manzanar At Dusk program, held last Saturday, April 27, 2013. Members of the Manzanar Committee returned to Southern California on Sunday after a lot of hard work, especially in the days just prior to the events, and of course, on Saturday.

By all accounts, this year’s Pilgrimage was a huge success. The numbers aren’t in yet, but initial estimates put the crowd anywhere from 1,400 to 1,700 people.

We’ll have more on the Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk program in the coming days and weeks. But for now, here is our first photo essay on the Pilgrimage (photos from the 2013 Manzanar At Dusk program will be published separately).

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2013 Manzanar At Dusk, April 27, 2013 – Credential Information/Media Guidelines (REVISED)

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of the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and
the 2013 Manzanar At Dusk programs,
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The 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

The popular Manzanar At Dusk program follows that same evening, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 South Main Street (U.S. Highway 395), in Lone Pine, nine miles south of the Manzanar National Historic Site, across the street from McDonald’s (see map below).

For further details on these events, please follow our press releases on our blog, http://blog.manzanarcommittee.org.

Credentials will be required for all media, commercial photographers, and film crews for the Manzanar Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk programs. We encourage those covering the events to pre-register via e-mail, so that we can have a credential and media packet ready for you upon arrival.

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Manzanar National Historic Site Hosts Special Events, April 26-28, 2013

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


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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site invites the public to participate in a weekend of special activities surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. Visitors are invited to experience art, music, dance, talks, and more. All events are free.

On Friday, April 26, the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Eastern California Museum. Located at 155 Grant Street in Independence, the museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, a centennial retrospective on the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the Norman Clyde exhibit, and the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life. The Eastern California Museum is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (see map below).

Friday and Saturday, the hours of operation for the Manzanar Visitor Center will be extended to 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. The center offers extensive exhibits and an award-winning film, as well as special Junior Ranger activities for kids. The Manzanar History Association will host book signings by Manzanar to Mount Whitney: The Life and Times of a Lost Hiker author Hank Umemoto on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the annual Selected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop art show and sale, which runs through May 18 (click on image below to download a printable flyer).

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Karen Korematsu To Speak At 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation from Los Angeles is still available, but seats are going fast.

Karen Korematsu.
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Photo: Carlo de la Cruz. Courtesy Karen Korematsu/Fred T. Korematsu Institute

LOS ANGELES — Karen Korematsu, co-founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, will be the featured speaker at the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled for noon PDT on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust imprisonment of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States, during World War II. Manzanar was the first of these camps to be established.

This year’s Pilgrimage will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which granted redress to Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed from their homes during World War II, or their immediate family.

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