Crystal City in Zavala County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
World War II Concentration Camp
1943 - 1946
Due to circumstances beyond their control and consequences of a war between the United States and Japan, peoples of Japanese ancestry, both nationals and U.S. citizens alike, were arbitrarily and without justification, incarcerated in a concentration camp at this location during World War II.
This marker is situated on an original foundation of a two-family cottage as a reminder that the injustices and humiliations suffered here as a result of hysteria, racism and discrimination never happen again.
Dedicated by the sons, daughters and friends of the families who were detained in this camp, with cooperation of the City of Crystal City and the Crystal City Independent School District.
Erected 1985 by Sons, daughters, friends and families of those who were detained in this camp, City of Crystal City, Crystal City Independent School District.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Man-Made Features • War, World II.
Location. 28° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 Popeye Lane, Crystal City TX 78839, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War II Enemy Alien Internment (here, next to this marker); Crystal City Family Internment Camp, World War II (here, next to this marker); Confinement Site - History of Crystal City Family Internment Camp (a few steps from this marker); Living and Working in an Internment Camp (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Zavala County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Burleson Cemetery (approx. 9.6 miles away); Dimmit County Courthouse (approx. 11.9 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is a large, grey, granite cube with inscription on top. It is located on the very small foundation of a former two-family cottage.
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Also see . . .
1. Crystal City (Family) Internment Camp. (includes many photos and details about the internment camp)
When the internment camp opened in December 1942, the site was approximately 240 acres in size, with 41 small three-room cottages and 118 one-room shelters (measuring 12x16 feet). Twelve of the original cottages were left outside (Submitted on December 12, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Site serves as a reminder of 'injustices and humiliations' suffered by Germans, Japanese, Italians.
The roundups began in earnest almost immediately after the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States' entry into World War II. Japanese, Germans and Italians, both foreign nationals and foreign-born American citizens considered potential threats, were rousted from their homes in the U.S. and in Latin American nations friendly to the U.S. and were then shipped to internment camps. (Submitted on December 12, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. The Legacy of Crystal City’s Internment Camps.
Missing from the 1985 monument is any mention of German, Italian and Latin American prisoners. The omission is consistent with national trends: While Japanese-Americans received a formal U.S. government apology and reparations in 1988, the same has not happened for the smaller camp populations of other backgrounds. The Japanese-American internment is documented in history textbooks, the 1994 bestseller Snow Falling on Cedars and a musical starring George Takei. (Submitted on December 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.