The Topaz Incarceration Camp in Utah will soon be the focus of a new museum that will tell the story of the 11,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned there during World War II, reports Nikkei West.
The museum which has been in the planning stages since 2008 is scheduled to open next year.
The building was completed in May of this year with the help of a $714,000 grant from the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program
The Topaz Museum Board recently received an additional $497,000 grant from the NPS that will be used to manufacture and install the exhibits.
Write ups that will go with the exhibitions are currently being drafted and the whole exhibition will go through a review process once it is completed.
The Museum is located in Delta, Utah about 16 miles from the camp. Many of the 11,000 prisoners at Topaz were from the San Francisco Bay Area, according to Wikipedia. It was surrounded by barbed wire and seven guard towers. It was dry and the area was prone to dust storms.
One of those imprisoned, Dave Tatsuno, smuggled a film camera into the camp and shot a documentary that was considered so culturally significant it was the second film in the country to be selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The first was the Zapruder film of the John F Kennedy assassination.
Fred Korematsu who challenged the incarceration of Japanese Americans was also imprisoned there.
Topaz was also known as the Central Utah Relocation Center and Abraham Relocation Center.