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[Assembly center mural]

Muramoto, Walter [ bio ]

[Assembly center 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, "Assembly center," painted by high school student, Mary Ihara, is propped on sawhorses against wall of wooden building at Rohwer concentration camp, Rohwer, Arkansas, 1944-1945. Mural depicts life in Santa Anita Assembly Center, including entrance to Santa Anita race park at center, horse stalls, women doing laundry, mascots Lil' Neebo in cap and Pancho in sombrero, boy in striped shirt raising hand, and a water truck. Mural is signed (illegible) at lower right. A woman in a short-sleeved shirtdress is seated on the sawhorse at bottom right. Image has irregular scalloped border. Appears to be a different version from mural in JANM collection (88.25.125E).

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