VIDEO: The First Manzanar Pilgrimage – 1969

Participants in the first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage in 1969
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National Park Service Photo/Evan Johnson Collection

In 1969, approximately 150 people, mostly Japanese American college students, made the 230-mile trip to the site of the Manzanar concentration camp where 11,070 Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants (who were prevented by racist laws from naturalizing) were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

Their journey was the first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage, which has become an annual event since then. This film, by Don and Ron Rundstrom, documents that first Pilgrimage and through the use of historic photographs from the Japanese American incarceration experience, the film also attempts to provide the historical context for that first Pilgrimage.

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Hill 555 Monument to 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team in Bruyères, France to be Restored, Augmented

The following is a press release from the Hill 555 Project. Publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Manzanar Committee.


The Hill 555 monument in Bruyères, France.
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Photo courtesy Carl Willliams

SACRAMENTO, CA — In 2011, during a visit to Bruyères, France, it was discovered that the simple monument to the Nisei liberators was in need of restoration. For five years, numerous efforts were made to obtain approval to rehabilitate and augment the 1947 monument located on Hill 555 near the city.

In 2016, Mayor Yves Bonjean and City Council approved the project and now are committed to its completion by October 2017. At that time, the City of Bruyères plans to rededicate the site to the Nisei heroes of October 1944.

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Never Again!

The cemetery monument at Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

February 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, authorizing the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans in ten American concentration camps, and other confinement sites, during World War II, one of the worst violations of civil rights in our nation’s history, and most certainly, one of its darkest chapters.

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Volunteers Invited To Join Public Archeology Projects At Manzanar, March 24-29 and May 26-30, 2017

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


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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site’s award-winning public archeology program provides exceptional opportunities to learn about the past and help preserve the site and its stories for the future. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the 25th anniversary of Manzanar National Historic Site. In recognition of these significant milestones, Manzanar is hosting two public archeology projects, March 24 to 29 and May 26 to 30.

Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to assist the National Park Service in uncovering and stabilizing Manzanar’s historic administration and staff housing area. Participants will learn about both the common and contrasting experiences of camp staff and incarcerees as well as the differences between Japanese landscaping aesthetics and “western” military-style landscaping.

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