America’s Concentration Camps depicts an episode in American history that too few know or understand: the mass incarceration of loyal Americans without charge or trial solely on the basis of race. During World War II more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry—2/3 of whom were American citizens—were incarcerated in hastily built camps in America's deserts and wastelands.
A broad outline to this experience, this exhibit tells a story of injustice and sorrow, perseverance and courage. It tells the story through words, photographs, home movies, artwork and artifacts of those who lived it. Silent and silenced for decades, they share their memories in hopes that the more we learn about what happened over fifty years ago, the less likely such an injustice will happen again to any other people. Also featured is the award-winning video production, titled, Something Strong Within.