Jefferson in Park County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Ralph Carr Memorial Highway
Ralph L. Carr
Governor of Colorado (1939 - 1943)
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, tens of thousands of Japanese Americans were forcibly sent to internment camps by the federal government. These Americans lost their property, possessions and freedom unjustly and without due process. Defying overwhelming popular sentiment, Governor Ralph Carr defended U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry. His convictions were clear:
"When it is suggested that American citizens be thrown into concentration camps, where they lose all the privileges of citizenship under the Constitution, then the principles of that great document are violated and lost."
Governor Carr's brave and unpopular stand would cost him his political career but earned him the enduring respect of generations of Coloradans.
"...one voice, a small voice but a strong voice, like the voice of a sandpiper over the roar of the surf." Minoru Yasui
Erected in accordance with a 2008 Resolution of the Colorado General Assembly.
This memorial was made possible through the financial support
Dedicated October 2010
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Civil Rights • War, World II.
Location. 39° 24.205′ N, 105° 45.269′ W. Marker is in Jefferson, Colorado, in Park County. Marker is on U.S. 285, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in a pullout at Kenosha Pass. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jefferson CO 80456, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. South Park (here, next to this marker); Tarryall Diggings (approx. 7.8 miles away); Shawnee Historic District (approx. 10.7 miles away); University of Denver (approx. 14.1 miles away); Drexel Lacey (approx. 14.1 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Ralph L. Carr. Colorado Encyclopedia entry on the former governor. (Submitted on July 17, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
2. Ralph Carr: Defender of Japanese Americans. From the Colorado Virtual Library. (Submitted on July 17, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 17, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.