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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

Woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, sits beside her brother, Benji, as they leave Tanforan Assembly Center in California on a train headed for "Central Utah Relocation Center," the concentration camp in Topaz, Utah during World War II. Benji leans forward with hands clasped in foreground next to Mine who sits beside the train window below the luggage stored on racks near ceiling. Outside Tanforan inmates wave from the train station, including the roof where they hold a sign, "Goodbye, See you in Utah."

Mine' Okubo "On the Train" (Ink)

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 111. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 111. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 111.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. | Drawing is on page 116 of book.

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