2006 February 17

Tule Lake Segregation Center Designated a National Historic Landmark

 

were incarcerated at the center. It was not only the largest of the 10 War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps but also the last one to shut down, in 1946, seven months after the end of the war. Tule Lake became a National Monument in December 2008.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the evacuation of the Japanese-Americans on February 19, 1942; the program was officially terminated on December 17, 1944. It has been called the greatest single violation of civil liberties in American history. Other Japanese Relocation Centers have also been honored. Manzanar became a National Historic Site on March 3, 1992, and Heart Mountain in Wyoming became a Historic Landmark on September 20, 2006.

National Park Service Web Site: http://www.nps.gov/tule/index.htm

Read about the Japanese American tragedy: Peter Irons, Justice at War: The Story of the Japanese-American Internment Cases (1983)

Watch a video on the Tule Lake Relocation Center: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So6EwQscHnM

Watch a Tule Lake internee tell her great-grandson about her experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIaRvCXmOIY

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