The following is a statement by the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition.
LOS ANGELES — Please be aware that the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition is not connected to, and does not support, a petition calling for a Tuna Canyon memorial to be located across the street from the actual site of the detention station in any way, shape, or form.
This petition is being circulated by someone working for the 229-unit housing project proposed for the historic site, and not by any organization that is genuinely working to preserve the history of Tuna Canyon. We are working on plans for an on-site memorial, and other public amenities, in a regional park that would benefit the community, and the City of Los Angeles. We are hoping the owner will discuss selling the land at a fair market price to a public agency for these purposes.
During the Los Angeles City Council-mandated working group in 2013, both the landowner’s representatives, and the interested community, were represented. They reached a consensus that there would be a publicly accessible memorial on the site where the original detention station was located, and that included the grove of oak trees, which existed at the time that the detention station was in operation.
The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition supports this decision and believes this is the only appropriate site where a memorial should be located.
The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition is a non-profit organization, established in 2013, to preserve the story of Tuna Canyon, and especially of the Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants, Japanese taken from Peru, and others who were held there during World War II. It is the recipient of two National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites grants, one to tell the story of Tuna Canyon through our traveling museum exhibit, “Only the Oaks Remain,” and the other to preserve the video histories of Tuna Canyon descendants through our “The Legacy Project.” The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition has also undertaken extensive research on Tuna Canyon at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere.
We urge everyone to refuse to sign this misleading “Tuna Canyon Memorial Partnership petition,” and we appreciate your continued support to preserve the history of Tuna Canyon at its rightful location.
Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition
Web site: http://www.tunacanyon.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Tuna-Canyon-Detention-Station-356878631079498
Federal Tax ID: 47-0996062
If you want to help, please send comments to twitter, Facebook, your organizations, and news outlets. We need to be united in this effort to build a memorial on-site.
LEAD PHOTO: Overhead view of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Photo: M.H. Scott, Officer In Charge, Tuna Canyon Detention Station Courtesy David Scott and the Little Landers Historical Society.
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