Image: Monument in Cemetery; Mt. Williamson, California, 1943. Photograph by Ansel Adams. —————————-
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August 14th, 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the dedication of Manzanar’s cemetery monument.
Master stonemason, and devout Catholic, Ryozo Kado, with lots of help from the Young Buddhist Association and people who lived in Block 9 -- most from Terminal Island near Los Angeles -- began construction of the obelisk in late July 1943. Buddhist Reverend Shinjo Nagatomi took great care practicing his calligraphy so that he could paint the front (east-facing side) of the obelisk with the words “I Rei To” – “Soul Consoling Tower.” On the back (west-facing side) he painted “Erected by the Manzanar Japanese, August 1943.” Reverend Nagatomi, Reverend Kashitani, Monument Committee chairman Senkichi Shikami, and the “Mayor of Manzanar” Kiyoharu Anzai, officially dedicated the monument on the afternoon of Saturday, August 14, 1943.
While much of the camp was wiped away at the cessation of the internment program, the cemetery survives, protected and carefully maintained by the National Park Service. Thousands visit the site each year, and on the last Saturday of April, it is the focal point of the annual Pilgrimage sponsored by the Manzanar Committee. ———————————————
Altogether, 143 internees died at Manzanar. ———————————————
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