man and his grandson

A Man and His Grandson at Manzanar
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I painted this from a black and white photo by Dorothea Lange of a man and his grandson at the Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. They had been relocated by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) with other Japanese Americans beginning in early 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

Dorothea Lange was hired by the government to photograph the relocation process and life in the detainment centers. Many of the images were marked censored and placed in the National Archives but have recently been released. Many can be seen online. A history of Lange's work and many of her images of the Internment can be seen in Impounded.

Learn more - Japanese American internment

Note: Canada had a similar policy

Testifying before the Congressional Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians in 1981, Albert Kurihara said, "I hope this country will never forget what happened, and do what it can to make sure that future generations will never forget."
From the back cover of Impounded.



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