Former Manzanar Relocation Center Becomes National Historic Site
Manzanar was one of ten Relocation Centers in the infamous evacuation and detention of the Japanese Americans during World War II (authorized by President Roosevelt on February 19, 1942). It held just over 10,000 detainees. On this day, Manzanar became a National Historic Site, managed by the National Park Service. Two other Relocation Centers also have national landmark status: Tule Lake (designated on February 17, 2006) and Heart Mountain (designated on September 20, 2006).
The Manzanar Committee organizes an annual pilgrimage to the site:
Visit the Manzanar National Historic Site:
Read: Greg Robinson, By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans (2001)
View Dorothea Lange’s Internment Camp Photographs: