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Communities of Compassion and Courage

Coming to Albuquerque Museum June 2019. This exhibition explores the legacy of Albuquerque’s Japanese American community and the impact World War II-era internment camps had on these New Mexicans.

Communities of Compassion and Courage: New Mexico’s Shared Story of the WWII Japanese American Experience

Evelyn Saeda (right) stands in a corn field near Albuquerque on August 30, 1942. She was the daughter of Japanese immigrants and the mother of Steve Togami, current president of the New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League. Courtesy of the Togami family.

Evelyn Saeda (right) stands in a corn field near Albuquerque on August 30, 1942. She was the daughter of Japanese immigrants and the mother of Steve Togami, current president of the New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League. Courtesy of the Togami family.

 

Communities of Compassion and Courage exhibition

Communities of Compassion and Courage exhibition

June 1 - November 3, 2019

"Communities of Compassion and Courage: New Mexico’s Shared Story of the WWII Japanese American Experience" explores the legacy of Albuquerque’s Japanese American community and the impact World War II-era confinement camps had on these New Mexicans.

During World War II, men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast of the United States were rounded up and incarcerated in prison camps located throughout the West, Southwest, and Arkansas. Japanese men who the FBI targeted as “enemy aliens” were held in Department of Justice and U.S. Army-run camps in Lordsburg, Santa Fe, Fort Stanton, and Old Raton Ranch. Images and personal objects loaned by descendants of prisoners and New Mexico’s Japanese American families tell the story of a turbulent time both inside and outside the barbed wire.

The exhibit also features a nationwide traveling component; thanks in part to a generous grant from the National Park Service, the Los Angeles-based Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is bringing its traveling exhibit to Albuquerque to help tell the national story of Japanese imprisonment during World War II.

On view in the William A. + Loretta Barrett Keleher community history gallery.

Details subject to change.