49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage – Official Photo Essay

Banners representing the ten World War II American concentration camps during the 49th
Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 28, 2018
at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
Photo: Geri Ferguson/Manzanar Committee

Shortly after the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 28, 2018, we published photographs from that event and the 2018 Manzanar At Dusk program that same evening. But here is our official photo essay from the Pilgrimage featuring photographs by professional photographers Geri Ferguson and Mark Kirchner. They have been shooting photos at Manzanar for many years now and not just during the annual Pilgrimage.

Mark and Geri’s photos are absolutely stunning. They both have incredible eyes and an artistic flare that show in each of their photos. We hope you enjoy them.

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49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2018 Manzanar At Dusk: VIDEO

UCLA Kyodo Taiko opened the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 28,
2018 at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee
(click above to view larger image)

If you couldn’t make it to this year’s Manzanar Pilgrimage or Manzanar At Dusk events, or just want to experience them all over again, here are videos from both events!

Included below is the full video of the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, along with clips of our speakers and of the performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko.

Also included is video of the opening panel discussion and the open mic session of the 2018 Manzanar At Dusk program, held that same evening.

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Manzanar To Host Pilgrimage Weekend Events, April 27-29, 2018

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


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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in a weekend of special events in conjunction with the Manzanar Committee’s 49th Annual Pilgrimage. All are welcome and the events are free. This year’s Pilgrimage coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided redress to Japanese Americans though a presidential apology and individual payment to all surviving former incarcerees.

Pilgrimage Weekend 2018 events begin Friday, April 27, with a public reception hosted by the Friends of Eastern California Museum from 4:00 to 6:00 PM The Eastern California Museum is located at 155 Grant Street in Independence (see map below). It features exhibits including Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life and exhibits on other facets of local and regional history. Eastern California Museum is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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2018 Manzanar At Dusk Will Connect The Past With The Present

One of the small group discussions during the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee
(click above to view larger image)

LOS ANGELES — Sharing stories and experiences from the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II and connecting this history to present-day issues will be the focus of the 2018 Manzanar At Dusk program, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 South Main Street (U.S. Highway 395), in Lone Pine, California, across the street from McDonald’s (see map below).

The Manzanar At Dusk program follows the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage that same day, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

A performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko will open the Pilgrimage at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program starts at 12:00 PM.

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