Sunday, May 20, 2007

Poston School

Evidence of animosity since the Poston school and its surrounding land area was returned to the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) by the War Relocation Authority. The Colorado River Indian Reservation Tribal Council opposed the use of their land for a relocation center, because they did not want to participate in inflicting the same type of injustice they had suffered. The Army and the Bureau of Indian Affairs overruled the tribe. At its peak, Poston imprisoned 17,814 Japanese Americans. This is a mural at the Elementary School. The Auditorium was built by internees and was listed on Arizona Preservation Foundation's Most Endangered Property List in 2001, later to be destroyed by fire. Poston Internment Camp, Arizona. April 2006

2 comments:

E'l Roy said...

Hahaha! I wonder if this was done by the guy holding up the sign that says, "Get a brain! Morans."

Tom Lewis said...

Camp Poston has long been part of my life, since the days it was described by my beloved friend and fellow Cal Poly student Poston Tanaka described his naming. From that point on, the camp and the actions that created it have had enormous weight for me, made personal by my recollections from Poston and the various news reports and commentaries over the years. Do you know of Poston Tanaka? Tom Lewis [watertom@verizon.net]