Thursday 22nd February 2018,

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News Tribune: Auction of Mementos from Incarceration Camps Cancelled after Protest

posted by Randall

Rago AuctionAn planned auction in New York Friday of art work and other mementos from the incarceration camps has been called off following a national outcry from Japanese Americans, reports the News Tribune.

AsAmNews reported this news as it was happening yesterday.

“There is an essential discussion to be had about the sale of the historical items that are a legacy to man’s inhumanity to man, Miriam Tucker of Rago Arts & Auction Center said. We hope this controversy will be the beginning of a discourse on this issue.

Japanese Americans were elated with the news.

People all working together found their voice, and Rago responded,” said Barbara Takei who spearheaded the protest with her husband Yoshinori “Toso” Himel.  “We are very pleased.”
 

Actor and activist George Takei (no relation to Barbara) has now entered into negotiations with Rago to find the right home for the collection.

 

The items up for auction were originally donated by those incarcerated to historian and author Allen Eaton who opposed the camps. The seller who has not been identified inherited the works from Eaton’s daughter.

 

 You can read about a cash offer for the collection in the News Tribune.

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