2016 Day of Remembrance At Manzanar NHS – Religious Freedom Confined: Spiritual Practice Under the WCCA and WRA

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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Please join us at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 19 OR Saturday, February 20, for a special presentation in honor of the 2016 Day of Remembrance when Manzanar Park Ranger Rose Masters will present, Religious Freedom Confined: Spiritual Practice Under the WCCA and WRA.

When the Wartime Civil Control Administration (WCCA) and later, the War Relocation Authority (WRA), forcibly confined more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast of the United States, these government entities claimed they intended to uphold the constitutional promise of religious freedom. Ranger Rose’s presentation aims to clarify if this intention matched the reality of spiritual practices in the camps. Which religious practices were allowed? Which were limited or forbidden? What does a concept like freedom of religion mean when it must reside within Manzanar—a place very much defined by freedoms our government wrongfully revoked?

The program is free and open to the public. Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence, California (see map below). For more information, visit our web site at http://www.nps.gov/manz or call (760) 878-2194.


Manzanar National Historic Site


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