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Delta in Millard County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Topaz 1942–1946

Central Utah WRA Relocation Center

 
 
Topaz 1942 - 1946 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
1. Topaz 1942 - 1946 Marker
Inscription. Fifteen miles west at Abraham is the location of the bleak desert site of a concentration camp, one of ten in Western America, in which 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry were interned against their will during World War II. They were the victims of wartime hysteria, racial animosity, and economic opportunism on the West Coast. Confined behind barbed wire fence and guarded by armed sentries and held for no justifiable reason, the internees, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, and the majority of whom were women and children, not only endured the bitter physical discomforts of the desert heat and cold, but sustained a shocking affront to their sense of justice and fair play and human dignity. May this grim episode of basic American principles gone astray remind us to work for understanding and goodwill and justice in an enlightened American today.

The former residents of Topaz remember with grateful appreciation the friendliness and understanding with which the people of Delta received us during the period of our trial and despair.
 
Location. 39° 21.157′ N, 112° 34.69′ W. Marker is in Delta, Utah, in Millard County. Marker is on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 W Main Street, Delta UT 84624, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker in the park image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
2. Marker in the park
At least 5 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Escalante Trail (a few steps from this marker); McCullough Log House and Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Gunnison Massacre Site (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Millard Academy (approx. 5.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Delta.
 
Additional keywords. WRA: Wartime Relocation Authority
 
Categories. 20th CenturyWar, World II
 
Directional map to Topaz site image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
3. Directional map to Topaz site
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,407 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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