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Camp Jerome

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Camp Jerome
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H: 23.25 in, W: 32.25 in, Frame: 25.5 x 34.25 x 1 in

Denson, Ark., ca. 1943


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


Stretched and framed. Wooden frame with gold streaks.

Scene of life in camp. In the foreground, a bridge crosses over grassy area leading to a dirt path where a man pushes a wheelbarrow of hay; a man and boy walk hand and hand; two old women stop and talk; and a man carries wood planks over his shoulder. The sign, "Block 24," appears in the lower right corner. The right side is dominated by a barracks. A woman hangs laundry to the left of the structure while two men play a board game on a bench at the near end. In the open area on the left, a man tends a garden between two boys playing basketball and three girls jumping rope. A boy waves to another who stands in the distance in front of a mess hall and a truck marked "WRA." An American flag flies behind the barracks. A soldier stands in a watchtower behind barbed wire, upper left, under a blue sky.

Signed in medium, bottom right corner: Henry Sugimoto Written on back, left center: "Camp Jerome" / 32 x 23 1/2

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