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Smithsonian Opens Japanese Internment Exhibit in Arizona Capital

A Smithsonian exhibit on the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans opened in Phoenix, Arizona yesterday, reports AZ Central.

The walk-through exhibit entitled Righting A Wrong: Japanese Americans And World War II will “bring heart-wrenching personal stories, fascinating documents, stunning photographs, and engaging interactives to audiences across the nation,” states the Smithsonian website. “Embracing themes that are as relevant today as they were 75 years ago, the exhibition takes a deep look at immigration, prejudice, civil rights, heroism, and what it means to be an American.”

Arizona was home to two incarceration camps, both located on tribal reservation land. The Gila River War Relocation Center, on the Gila River Reservation south of Phoenix, held more than 13,000 Japanese Americans. At the Poston Relocation Center on the Colorado River Reservation south of Lake Havasu, 17,000 people were held. Both camps were open from 1942 to 1945.

The exhibit will be open through April 7, 2019 at the Arizona Capitol Museum. From there the exhibition will go to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, followed by Minnesota, Utah, and New Mexico.

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