48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage – Official Photo Essay

Rev. Alfred Tsuyuki of the Konko Church of Los Angeles performs the Shinto purification rite to open the interfaith service during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

For the past handful of years, professional photographers Geri Ferguson and Mark Kirchner, who had already been photographing the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage for years, have been kind enough to share their incredible photographs with us, and they’ve done so again this year.

Indeed, they shot some gorgeous and powerful photographs of the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 29, 2017.

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Media Coverage Wrap-Up: 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk

From left: Sahar Pirzada, traci kato-kiriyama, Kathy Masaoka) and traci ishigo performed a powerful, inspiring
poem during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — It’s been a little over two weeks since the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program, held on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

As we noted previously, more than 2,000 people attended the Pilgrimage and approximately 550 participating in the Manzanar At Dusk program, shattering the previous attendance record of 360.

Our professional photo essay from the Pilgrimage from Mark Kirchner and Geri Ferguson is forthcoming. We have posted some amateur photographs from the events. Video from the events is also forthcoming.

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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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Coming Together to Stand Up – Reflections on the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk

Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey addresses the crowd
during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 29, 2017
at the Manzanar National Historic Site
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

by Bruce Embrey

In the days and weeks leading up to Saturday, April 29, the day of the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, the phone calls and e-mails poured in. There was no doubt that 2017 was the 75th year since our families, our community, were forced from their homes into horse stalls and barracks sparked interest in this year’s Pilgrimage.

People in their 80’s and 90’s, who had never been on a Pilgrimage before, called and told me their personal stories. Others were matter-of-fact: “Just the details on how to get to Manzanar,” some said. “Have to go before I cannot,” they’d say. Each and every conversation was meaningful.

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