48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, 2017 Manzanar At Dusk Set for April 29

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Photo: David Fujioka and Vicky Perez/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — Never Again To Anyone, Anywhere! 75th Commemoration of Executive Order 9066 is the theme for the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

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Oral History Of Pastor, Activist, Rev. Paul T. Nakamura Released – VIDEO

Rev. Paul T. Nakamura
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Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

During the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 25, 2015, we honored the Reverend Paul T. Nakamura, pastor of Lutheran Oriental Church in Torrance, California as the recipient of the 2015 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award was named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was also one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Rev. Paul, as he is known to his parishioners and just about everyone else who knows him, is a seminal figure in the Southern California Japanese American community, most notably for his involvement with the Manzanar Committee and the Manzanar Pilgrimage since its earliest days. He was also involved with the struggle for redress and reparations for the survivors of the World War II American concentration camps in which over 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated, also from its earliest days.

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2016 Manzanar Pilgrimage – Official Photo Essay

Banners representing the ten American concentration camps in which Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated
during World War II, the Crystal City Internment Camp. and the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team/Military
Intelligence Service are shown here in front of the cemetery at the Manzanar National Historic Site during
the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 30, 2016.
Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

We’re rather late with photos from professional photographers Mark Kirchner and Geri Ferguson, but here’s our official photo essay from the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Our thanks to Mark and Geri for once again providing us with their wonderful photographs. We deeply appreciate their amazing skill, outstanding work, dedication and generosity, and we hope you do, too!

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A Little Research, Writing Helps Open A Pathway To A Family’s Manzanar History

Takio and Masako Muto – Wedding photo, June 1941.
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Photo courtesy Muto Family Collection

by Susan Muto Knight

Former Manzanar incarcerees, Takio (Tak) and Masako (Ma) Muto and other Muto family members were among the over 11,070 incarcerated Japanese Americans, government ordered, to leave their homes and businesses behind in the spring of 1942, to live in an isolated location in the Owens Valley of California, between the Sierra Nevada and Inyo Mountains, called Manzanar, during World War II. Their civil rights were taken from them, even though Tak and Ma were born in California and loyal, productive American citizens. Their joyful future plans as newlyweds were also taken away and instead, Tak and Ma found themselves incarcerated in a strange barren, desert camp, surrounded by armed guards, barbed wire fences and guard towers with searchlights, ordered to live in the hastily built, wooden barracks with little to no privacy and very little protection from the harsh weather conditions. The sign on the entrance calls Manzanar a relocation camp but in reality it was a concentration camp environment. Their story is one of the many thousands of stories of those who endured Manzanar, a dark chapter in American History.

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