NPS announces $1.6 million in grants to preserve and interpret WWII JA confinement sites

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service on June 8 announced $1.6 million in grants to preserve and interpret sites where Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

The grants aim to support the “preservation, restoration and education projects” at these sites where some 120,000 Nikkei were incarcerated in concentration camps after President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066.

“Congress established the Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program in 2006, authorizing a total of $38 million in funding for the life of the program,” the NPS said in a statement. The most recent funds bring the current award total to more than $22 million.

The grants may be awarded to projects associated with the “10 War Relocation Authority centers established in 1942 and more than 40 additional confinement sites. The program’s mission is to teach future generations about the injustice of the World War II confinement of Japanese Americans and to inspire commitment to equal justice under the law. Successful proposals are chosen through a competitive process that requires applicants to match the grant award with $1 in non-federal funds or ‘in-kind’ contributions for every $2 they receive in federal money.”

The winning projects are listed below. For more information about the projects, visit www.nps.gov/JACS.

The grantees, project title, project site and amount granted are noted as follows:

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association, Bainbridge Island, Wash., “Exclusion Departure Deck, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial,” Eagledale Ferry Dock, Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Wash. — $187,668

Densho, Seattle, “Making Connections with the Japanese American Incarceration II: The Online Teacher Course,” Multiple sites — $208,031

Go For Broke National Education Center, Los Angeles, “The Go For Broke Experience: Monument, Exhibition and Oral History,” Multiple sites — $60,843

Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, Calif., “Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection,” Multiple sites — $250,958

Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, “Digitization and Accessibility of JANM’s Moving Image Collection,” Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Park County, Wyo.; Rohwer Relocation Center, Desha County, Ark.; Jerome Relocation Center, Chicot and Drew Counties, Ark.; Granada Relocation Center (Amache), Prowers County, Colo. — $176,844

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, “Directory of Japanese American Internees of Hawaii,” Honouliuli Internment Camp, Honolulu County, Hawai‘i and other former incarceration sites in Hawai‘i — $45,900

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, “Hawaii’s Japanese American Wartime Evacuees,” Honouliuli Internment Camp, Honolulu County, Hawai‘i; Sand Island Detention Camp, Honolulu County, Hawai‘i — $109,912

National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, Washington, “National Japanese American Memorial Foundation Digital Storytelling Project,” Multiple sites — $27,066

New Mexico Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, Albuquerque, N.M., “Confinement in the Land of Enchantment Traveling Exhibit and Community Presentations,” Santa Fe Internment Camp (INS), Santa Fe County, N.M.; Fort Stanton Internment Camp (INS), Lincoln County, N.M.; Camp Lordsburg (U.S. Army), Hidalgo County, N.M.; Old Raton Ranch (INS), Santa Fe County, N.M. — $85,926

Poston Community Alliance, Lafayette, Calif., “Restoration of the Poston Elementary School Site I Library,” Colorado River (Poston) Relocation Center, La Paz County, Ariz. — $77,701

San Diego Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, San Diego, Calif., “Never Forget — Our Lost Years,” Colorado River (Poston) Relocation Center, La Paz County, Ariz. — $114,200

Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition, Pacoima, Calif., “Tuna Canyon Detention Station Legacy Project,” Tuna Canyon Detention Station, Los Angeles County — $54,000

Visual Communications, Los Angeles, “Manzanar, Diverted,” Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, Calif. — $83,765

Wing Luke Memorial Foundation dba Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, Wash., “Inspiring Future Generations: Friends and Supporters Who Helped Those Incarcerated,” Multiple sites — $148,764

A total of $1,631,578 was granted.

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