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Camp pilgrimages

Annual pilgrimages to the sites of former camps have become important events in the Japanese American community. They are an opportunity for former camp inmates to visit places that dramatically affected their lives, as well as a way for younger generations to learn the history of the Japanese American incarceration. Often the pilgrimages last for a few days and include workshops, tours of the former campsites, and memorial services to honor those who died while incarcerated.

Reflections on the past (578)
Camp pilgrimages (244)

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Camp pilgrimages, Sue Kunitomi Embrey, Warren Furutani

244 items
Stockade wood-burning stove (ddr-densho-11-8)
img Stockade wood-burning stove (ddr-densho-11-8)
In 1943, Tule Lake concentration camp became a segregation center. A stockade was built to detain those who were considered security risks by the WRA. This wood-burning stove was used to help heat the stockade.
Memorial plaque (ddr-densho-11-11)
img Memorial plaque (ddr-densho-11-11)
This plaque was placed at the base of the cross on Castle Rock on October 2, 1982. The plaque honors Christian ministers who served the inmates at the Tule Lake concentration camp.
Former camp inmates, Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-10)
img Former camp inmates, Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-10)
These Japanese Americans were incarcerated at Tule Lake, California. They are at the Linkville cemetery for a service honoring Japanese Americans who died at the camp during World War II. There is a marker at the Linkville cemetery honoring Japanese Americans who died at the Tule Lake concentration camp.
Evening program, Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-9)
img Evening program, Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-9)
At the Tule Lake pilgrimage, an evening program was held to honor the inmates and remember the incarceration experience. The person shown here is playing a shime taiko drum while slides taken during the incarceration are being shown in the background.
Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-2)
img Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-2)
Pilgrimage attendees barracks located on the property of a local farmer. Castle Rock is in the background.
Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-3)
img Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-3)
Pilgrimage attendees barracks located on the property of a local farmer. Castle Rock is in the background.
Cross erected by camp inmates (ddr-densho-11-7)
img Cross erected by camp inmates (ddr-densho-11-7)
This cross, erected by inmates at the Tule Lake concentration camp, sits on top of a formation called Castle Rock. It is being approached by pilgrimage attendees.
Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-1)
img Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-1)
Jimi Yamaichi (right) pointing out something to Stan Shikuma at the former site of the Tule Lake concentration camp.
Memorial honoring deceased camp inmates (ddr-densho-11-12)
img Memorial honoring deceased camp inmates (ddr-densho-11-12)
This memorial honors Japanese Americans who died while incarcerated at the Tule Lake concentration camp. The marker is located at the Linkville cemetery in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-4)
img Tule Lake pilgrimage (ddr-densho-11-4)
Pilgrimage attendees examine an old latrine foundation from Block 73. The holes were for toilets, which were situated at each end of the facility. Group showers were in the middle.
Pilgrimage attendees on Castle Rock (ddr-densho-11-6)
img Pilgrimage attendees on Castle Rock (ddr-densho-11-6)
Tule Lake inmates erected this cross on top of a formation called Castle Rock. The area below the cross is the former site of the concentration camp.
Camp warehouse (ddr-densho-11-5)
img Camp warehouse (ddr-densho-11-5)
This building, now a potato-processing plant, was formerly a produce-processing and storage facility at the Tule Lake concentration camp.
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, December 07, 1978 (ddr-csujad-24-58)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, December 07, 1978 (ddr-csujad-24-58)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which she discusses an incarceration camp pilgrimage and a JACL conference. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_03_001
Letter to Michi Weglyn from unknown author (ddr-csujad-24-48)
doc Letter to Michi Weglyn from unknown author (ddr-csujad-24-48)
A letter to Michi Weglyn possibly from Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga about the effect of Weglyn's book "Years of Infamy" on Jack Herzig, and Herzig's conversations with General Bendetsen about the Manzanar Pilgrimage. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_02_007
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 6 (February 18, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-6)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 6 (February 18, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-6)
Selected article titles: "Seattle Fire Chief Raps Article Poking Fun at Asians, Chicanos" (p.1), "L.A. High Tensions Still Unabated" (p.1), "Mike Masaoka Hands in Notice to Terminate" (p.1), "Fear of Hysteria Led to Evacuation" (p.3-4), "Spring Pilgrimage to Manzanar on Mar. 25 Prelude to Dedication" (p.3-4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 13 (April 7, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 13 (April 7, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-13)
Selected article titles: "Desert Wind, Sandstorm Thrash 700 Making Manzanar Pilgrimage" (p.1), "Congressional Tributes" (p.1), "Issei Group Housing in New York Sought" (p.6)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 78, No. 22 (June 7, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 78, No. 22 (June 7, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-22)
Selected article titles: "Tule Lake Pilgrimage: 'More Should've Come'" (pp. 1-2), "Benefactors of Nikkei Remembered" (pp. 1-2), "Record Is Clear, Nisei GIs Turned Attitude Around" (p. 2), and "Cleveland JACL: Plight of the Average J.A." (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 79, No. 25 (December 20-27, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-50)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 79, No. 25 (December 20-27, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-50)
Holiday issue organized into sections A 1-12, B 1-12, C 1-12, and D 1-12. Selected article titles: "Sansei Returns to Tule Lake" (pp. A-1, A-3), "Fears in Tule Lake: Evacuees Remember Them" (pp. A-1, A-3-A-4), "Seattle Nihonmachi: Beat of the '20s and '30s" (pp. B-1, B-9-B-10), "Giri: Righteous Way: Inside Tanforan, Topaz" (pp. B-4, B-8-B-9), and ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 79, No. 20 (November 15, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-45)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 79, No. 20 (November 15, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-45)
Selected article titles: "JACL--National Board: New Evacuee Reparation Concept Without Massive Pay Bill Explained" (p. 1), "San Francisco Nihonmachi: Agency's 10-Year Report" (pp. 1, 3), and "Topaz Revisited: Desert Sands Reclaiming History" (pp. 1, 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 78, No. 18 (May 10, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-18)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 78, No. 18 (May 10, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-18)
Selected article titles: "Marker at Topaz Contemplated" (p. 1), "Tule Lake Pilgrimage: More of Wartime Camp Remains than Expected, Says Advance Man on Return" (p. 1), "Living, Working in Japan Unique Life for Sansei" (pp. 2, 4), and "From Happy Valley: Racism and JACL" (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 79, No. 9 (August 30, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 79, No. 9 (August 30, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-34)
Selected article titles: "Tule Lake Pilgrimage: A Boxful of Mementos" (pp. 1, 6), "National Dialogue: 'Save the Whale' Tactics" (pp. 2-3), "Hawaiian Members in Congress Comment on Nixon's Resignation" (p. 3), and "American Interest in Asian Cuisine Growing But More Promotion Urged" (p. 6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 81, No. 14 (October 3, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-39)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 81, No. 14 (October 3, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-39)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Farm Problems Aired" (p. 1), "Nikkei Back at Poston for Look" (pp. 1-2), "Manzanar Plaque Found Defaced" (p. 1), and "From the Frying Pan: John Dean on Redress" (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 80, No. 18 (May 9, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-18)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 80, No. 18 (May 9, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-18)
Selected article titles: "Viet Exodus Stirs Racism" (pp. 1-2), "Minority One: Lesson of a Pilgrimage" (pp. 1-2), "JACL-Political Education: How Should We Seek Reparations?" (pp. 1-2), and "Book Review: A Crucial Japan-American Period" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 81, No. 19 (November 7, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-44)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 81, No. 19 (November 7, 1975) (ddr-pc-47-44)
Selected article titles: "Inouye, Mineta Questioning Big Government Spending" (pp. 1, 3), "JACL Gets $75,000 Catholic Grant" (pp. 1-2), "E.O. 9066 Reparations Poll in Favor of Payment to Evacuees" (p. 1), "Poston Indians Welcome Pilgrimage" (p. 5), and "Dances in Camp" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 82, No. 16 (April 23, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-16)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 82, No. 16 (April 23, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-16)
Selected article titles: "WW2 Camp for Hawaii Nikkei Recalled" (p. 1), "Honouliuli Internment Camp: Oahu Footnote to a Dark Chapter" (pp. 1-2), "'Go for Broke!' vs. 'Farewell to Manzanar'" (p. 2), and "Steel Cross at Tule Lake Camp Site to Be Rededicated at 2nd Pilgrimage" (p. 4).
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