Feds give $700k to preserve Utah internment camp

Mar 22 2012 - 1:40pm


Japanese being shipped to Topaz internment camp.
Japanese being shipped to Topaz internment camp.

DELTA -- The National Park Service is awarding more than $700,000 to preserve a Utah internment camp where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.

The Topaz Museum will use the money to help build an 8,000-square-foot museum and education center in Delta, Utah. The site will feature a collection of more than 1,000 artifacts and 70 pieces of artwork created by detainees.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a Thursday announcement that the grant will ensure even difficult chapters of American history are remembered.

The Topaz Relocation Center housed more than 11,000 people during the war.

Funding for the project is part of the larger Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, which has awarded nearly $10 million in funds since it was established by Congress in 2006.


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