California Civil Liberties
Public Education Program

Black and white landscape photo of the War Relocation Authority center, with barracks, barren desert landscape, and mountain peaks in the background. This camp in Manzanar housed 10,000 evacuees of Japanese ancestry during World War II and is located in Owens Valley between the High Sierras and Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the United States. The space in the foreground is a wide fire-break between blocks of barracks which also serves as a playfield. Photo by Dorothea Lange, courtesy of the National Parks Service.

The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (California Civil Liberties Program) is a state-funded grant project to sponsor public educational activities and development of educational materials to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of civilians and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry will be remembered so that the causes and circumstance of this and similar events may be illuminated and understood. The California Civil Liberties Program is administered by the California State Library.

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Black and white photo of pre-school children of Japanese decent in in front of a temporary building at a relocation camp, on the way to their barrack homes from morning class. This War Relocation Authority center at Manzanar was established for evacuees of Japanese ancestry forced to leave their homes during World War II. Photo by Dorothea Lange, courtesy of the National Parks Service.

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