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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.

Military policeman guards Mine Okubo and a man with two children as they get onto a bus in Delta, Utah headed toward the "Central Utah Relocation Center," a concentration camp in Topaz, Utah after a train ride from Tanforan Assembly Center in California during World War II. The hood of bus with open door dominates foreground as people gather behind it. MP stands with rifle over his shoulder beside open door. Mine stands behind MP facing viewer as boy in cap enters bus, followed by man in coat and hat; other child trails on other side of door at far left.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 115. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 115. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 115.

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 121 of book.

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