Exhibit telling story of local internment camp on display at Chandler Museum SanTan Sun News

Exhibit telling story of local internment camp on display at Chandler Museum

June 28th, 2017 | by SanTan Sun News
Exhibit telling story of local internment camp on display at Chandler Museum
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By SanTan Sun News Staff

 

There’s still time to see an exhibit at the Chandler Museum chronicling internment camps in the Valley.

“Un-American: Japanese Internment in our Backyard” will be on display through July 1 at the museum at 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. It’s shown daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 120,000 Americans were confined to internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor, according to the Chandler Office of Tourism website. About 15,000 men, women and children were moved to Gila River Internment Camp, just a few miles away from Chandler, just because they looked like the country’s so-called enemy.

The museum exhibit features photos and stories of the people who were forced to leave almost all traces of their lives behind to live in difficult conditions in the middle of the desert.

To learn more about the exhibit, contact the museum at 480-782-2717 or visit chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=996.  

 

 

(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Gila River Relocation Center, Arizona

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