New At Manzanar NHS: You’ve Got To See The Historic Women’s Latrine

The following is an updated version of a story originally published here on September 23, 2016.

Historically accurate communal toilets in the Block 14 women’s latrine at Manzanar National Historic Site. Note the absence of partitions.
(Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

INDEPENDENCE, CA — With the 25th Anniversary of Manzanar becoming a National Historic Site (March 3, 2017) being commemorated this year, and with the much more significant milestone, the 75th year since President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, also being commemorated, the Manzanar National Historic Site continues to work on bringing two new exhibits online.

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Manzanar NHS Receives Funding For Block 14 Latrine Building

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

Historic photograph of toilets in one of the latrines at the Manzanar concentration camp during World War II.
Photo: Toyo Miyatake/Courtesy Toyo Miyatake Studios

INDEPENDENCE, CA — The National Park Service has announced receipt of $15 million in grant funding supporting 69 projects in 63 parks, including $74,547 to Manzanar National Historic Site to construct a historically accurate latrine. The non-working latrine and its exhibits will complement the other buildings in Block 14. The Block 14 “demonstration block” gives visitors a sense of the living conditions endured by more than 110,000 Japanese Americans in Manzanar during World War II. The funding will be matched by more than $150,000 in donations from Friends of Manzanar and private donors.

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