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Amache Rose from Japanese American incarceration camp bloom at Denver garden

The Amache Rose, which was planted by Japanese Americans when they were imprisoned in Granada, Colorado, is in full bloom at the Denver Botanical Gardens.

According to PBS, it is the first time the rose has bloomed at the Denver Botanical Gardens. The Gardens planted cuttings from the original samples at the Amache campgrounds.

Over 10,000 people, most Japanese Americans, were imprisoned at Amache during World War II. According to KDVR, the rose was first planted over 80 years ago by a prisoner at the camp. The Denver Botanical Gardens wanted to include the rose as a part of Colorado’s historical record.

“It’s a testament and metaphor for the resilience of nature and it is a sad reminder of this really dark part of Colorado history,” Erin Bird with the Denver Botanic Gardens told CBS News.

The Gardens also shared the cuttings with former Amache prisoners and their descendants.

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