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.

Camp pilgrimages (244)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Camp pilgrimages, Sue Kunitomi Embrey, Warren Furutani

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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.
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.
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.
Washroom foundation (ddr-densho-35-19)
img Washroom foundation (ddr-densho-35-19)
This is a foundation from an old washroom. The Japanese Americans in camp did not have private washrooms, showers, toilets, or laundries. Each block, made up of approximately twelve barracks, shared such facilities.
Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-47)
img Current view of barn on former Issei dairy farm (ddr-densho-35-47)
An Issei couple operated a large dairy farm in a town formerly known as Days, Washington. The 1,300 acre farm had a property line that extended beyond the area shown here. With the advent of World War II, the Nakashimas were forced to sell their property for a fraction of its worth. This is the interior ...
Exterior of barracks (ddr-densho-35-15)
img Exterior of barracks (ddr-densho-35-15)
These barracks are one of two owned by a local farmer. The exterior has not been renovated.
Exterior of barracks (ddr-densho-35-42)
img Exterior of barracks (ddr-densho-35-42)
Local farmers currently own several barracks from the Tule Lake concentration camp. Some barracks have been made into homes, while others, like the one shown here, have been converted into storage areas.
Guard tower foundation (?) (ddr-densho-35-3)
img Guard tower foundation (?) (ddr-densho-35-3)
This foundation remnant, presumably from a guard tower, is located outside the barbed-wire fence surrounding the stockade.
Exterior of barracks (ddr-densho-35-43)
img Exterior of barracks (ddr-densho-35-43)
Local farmers currently own several barracks from the Tule Lake concentration camp. Some barracks have been made into homes, while others, like the one shown here, have been converted into storage areas.
A memorial headstone at Linkville Cemetery (ddr-densho-294-28)
img A memorial headstone at Linkville Cemetery (ddr-densho-294-28)
Writing on headstone: "In Memory of Deceased 1942-1945 Tule Lake WRA."
A memorial headstone at Linkville Cemetery (ddr-densho-294-22)
img A memorial headstone at Linkville Cemetery (ddr-densho-294-22)
Writing on headstone: "In Memory of Deceased 1942-1945 Tule Lake WRA."
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