President Job Biden Monday signed a bill to preserve the incarceration camps that imprisoned more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.
Spectrum Local News reports the bill authorizes $10 million to educate the public about the horrific experience.
“The internment of Japanese American citizens remains one of the darkest and most shameful periods in our history,” said U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. “The stories of so many who unjustly lost their freedom, lost property, and were forcibly uprooted from their homes should be a constant reminder of our duty to uphold the rights of every American.
One of the sites to receive funding is the Hono’uli’uli incarceration camp in Hawaii.
Unlike the West Coast, most Japanese Americans in Hawaii escaped having to be incarcerated because they comprised one-third of the Island’s population and their labor was needed. Just one percent of the Japense Americans on Hawaii were forced to go to the camps.
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