WWII Japanese

Forced Journey statue at the Eugene Japanese American Art Memorial

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During World War II, more than 3,700 Japanese Oregonians were confined to internment camps. Their plight is commemorated by this life-size bronze sculpture of a child reaching out for an alighting butterfly as she awaits the train that will deliver her to a camp. Forced Journey is the centerpiece of the Japanese American Art Memorial in Eugene, Ore. www.lane.k12.or.us/tah/ejaam.

Photography courtesy C. Melvin Aikens

This article was first published in May 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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