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The internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry during WWII was one of the worst violations of civil rights against citizens in the history of the United States. The government and the US Army, falsely citing “military necessity,” removed 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry, about two-thirds were American citizens, from their homes on the West Coast and forced them into ten remote camps controlled by the War Relocation Administration (WRA). There were other types of detention facilities including male-only camps controlled by the Justice Department. None of them were ever convicted or even charged with any crime, yet were confined, some up to four years, in camps surrounded by barbed wire with armed guards.
After President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, President George H.W. Bush issued a formal apology and monetary compensation to all survivors. The events and causes of this tragic page in history must never be forgotten. If we can understand what occurred and why, we can be more vigilant making certain a similar denial of civil rights will never happen to any other Americans.
This website contains information about one of the WRA camps, Topaz, which was located 16 miles northwest of Delta in central Utah, on the lip of the Great Basin. Topaz recorded 11,212 people coming into the camp while it was in operation from September 11, 1942 to October 31, 1945.
The Topaz Museum Board, a non-profit, volunteer organization, owns 634 acres of the Topaz site, which was one square mile of the 19,800 acres of the total camp. The address of the monument at the site is 10750 West 4500 North. It is better to visit the Topaz Museum before traveling to the Topaz site. The Topaz Museum is located at 55 West Main in Delta, Utah. Donations are requested..