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[Community mural]

Muramoto, Walter [ bio ]

[Community mural]
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H: 2.5 in, W: 3.625 in

Rohwer, Ark., 1944-1945


Gift of the Walter Muramoto Family


1 photographic print : b&w;

Mural titled, "Community," painted by high school student, Michi Tanaka, is propped on sawhorses against the wall of wooden building at Rohwer concentration camp, Rohwer, Arkansas, 1944-1945. Mural depicts montage of scenes from religious observances and daily life, including (left to right): weaving and doing ikebana (flower arrangement); women sewing; boys playing basketball and baseball and sketching; women performing some sort of candle lighting ceremony; Christian preacher speaking with raised hands before congregation (central image); couple walking in front of barracks; women in kimono dancing at Bon dance; woman singing as couples dance; people watching a movie. A young woman in short-sleeved blouse and dark pants sits on sawhorse at center right. Image has irregular scalloped border. Appears to be a different version from mural in JANM collection (88.25.125C).

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