I posted a little about this when I wrote about my trip to Mammoth, but here are some of the photos. It's very strange how one finds this place - it's in the middle of the desert at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and not necessarily on the way to anywhere. Ironically, the closest town is Independence, California.
I saw this sign and was surprised at how marred and damaged it was. The top image is the national recognition as a historic landmark (1985), and this is the state one (dedicated April 14, 1973). The inscription reads:
"In the early part of World War II, 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry were interned in relocation centers by Executive Order No. 9066, issued on February 19, 1942. Manzanar, the first of ten such concentration camps, was bounded by barbed wire and guard towers, confining 10,000 persons, the majority being American Citizens. May the injustices and humiliation suffered here as a result of hysteria, racism and economic exploitation never emerge again. CALIFORNIA REGISTERED HISTORICAL LANDMARK NO. 850 Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Manzanar Committee and the Japanese American Citizens League, April 14, 1973. "
As a Japanese American who had relatives in internment, it was an incredibly somber and powerful experience to see this place. If you happen to be driving along US 395 in California, I definitely recommend stopping by.