The following is a statement from the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee.
The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Minidoka Pilgrimage that was scheduled to take place July 9-12, 2020, due to the ongoing health situation created by the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We take the health and well-being of our pilgrims very seriously. Our decision to cancel was not made lightly, however we want to do our best to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our pilgrims healthy. We will be in touch with those of you who have already registered for the 2020 Minidoka Pilgrimage regarding the refund of any registration fees.
We would like to thank all our pilgrims, past and present, for their ongoing support; your eagerness and enthusiasm mean the world to us. Because of this, we will be working to offer alternative programming in continuity with our mission to honor and remember the generations who suffered the injustices of racism and incarceration, deliver the message of “Never Again,” and to pass on the legacy to any who will listen. Details about any alternative programming will be published on our web site (http://www.minidokapilgrimage.org) as they are finalized.
There are currently no plans to reschedule the Pilgrimage for 2020, however we hope to see everyone in 2021. Any updates regarding future Pilgrimage dates will be announced through our web site and social media channels.
Any questions can be sent to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEAD PHOTO (excerpted from the official War Relocation Authority caption): Looking down at the rows of barracks westward from Block 44. At extreme left is a corner of the dining hall where the 275 to 300 residents of the block eat. At center background is the sanitation building including showers, lavatories, toilets and washtubs. Nearly all the residents planted flowers and vegetable gardens in front of their barracks. Public Domain photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration via Densho.
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