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Praying for Safety

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Praying for Safety
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H: 29.25 in, W: 23 in, Frame: 30.5 x 24.25 x 1 in

Denson, Ark., ca. 1942


Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto and Naomi Tagawa, Japanese American National Museum


An elderly couple sit on wooden crates facing each other with heads bowed. On the left, the woman is dressed in a red top and grey skirt with black purse in lap and umbrella leaning on her right. The white-haired man, on the right, wears brown pants and a blue button-down sweater over a white shirt with a red tie. He holds a brown hat in his hands. A suitcase with tag stands on his left in foreground. In the background, view of a mess hall with smoking chimney and tops of barracks.

Signed in medium, lower left corner: H. Sugimoto. Written on back: Praying for Safety/29 1/2" x 23"

"Would you join me in a silent prayer for the loving memory of those young nisei soldiers who died on the battlefield, and also for those immigrant issei who died here in the U.S., who worked so hard to raise children under such painful actions against them?" (Henry Sugimoto, draft of redress testimony given in 1981)

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