Independence in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Manzanar National Historic Site
While some deceased were sent to hometown cemeteries, most were cremated and their ashes held in camp until their families left Manzanar. Giichi Matsumura, an internee who died in 1945 while exploring the Sierra, is buried high in the mountains above you.
Today, only six graves here, including Matsunosuke Murakami’s, contain remains; families requested the removal of others after the war.
(Right side of the marker - additional photo):
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The Japanese Kanji characters read “Soul Consoling Tower.” Master stonemason Ryozo Kado, a Catholic, and Buddhist minister Shinjo Nagatomi designed this iconic monument as a permanent tribute to Manzanar’s dead. Kado built the obelisk with the assistance of Block 9 residents and a young Buddhists’
While Rev. Nagatomi and Ryozo Kado live on in the memories of family and community, Kado also left his legacy in cement and stone. He built the sentry posts at the camp entrance and other camp features in his distinctive faux wood style. Compare the posts surrounding his monument to those near the sentry posts and look for other examples of Kado’s craftsmanship around Manzanar.
Erected by National Park Service and US Department of the Interior National Wild and Scenic River Systems.
Location. 36° 43.548′ N, 118° 9.744′ W. Marker is in Independence, California, in Inyo County. Marker can be reached from Manzanar Reward Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5001 Highway 395 (Entrance to the Site), Independence CA 93526, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Weaving for the War (approx. ¾ mile away); A Community's Living Room (approx. 0.8 miles away); Manzanar (approx. 0.8 miles away); Alabama Gates (approx. 4.8 miles away); Edwards House (approx. 5.7 miles away); Mary Austin’s Home (approx. 5.7 miles away); Putnam’s Stone Cabin (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
Categories. • Asian Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 1, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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