The internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry during WWII was one of the worst violations of civil rights in the history of the United States. The government and the U.S. Army, citing "military necessity", locked up over 110,000 men, women, and children in 10 remote camps. These Americans were never convicted or even charged with any crime, yet were incarcerated for up to four years in prison camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. One such internment camp was Topaz, located near Abraham, Utah.
The story of these camps has become better known, particularly since President George H. Bush issued a formal apology and token monetary compensation to all former internees in 1990. However, the events and causes of this tragic page in history must never be forgotten. If we can understand what occurred and why, we can insure that a similar denial of civil rights will never happen to any future generation of Americans.
This Topaz Museum website contains information about the Topaz Relocation Site. It also lists other resources (books, organizations, websites) that contain additional information about internment. This site is sponsored by the Topaz Museum, a non-profit, volunteer organization whose purpose is to preserve the history of Topaz.
Take the Sutherland road from Delta and follow the signs to the Topaz Relocation Camp Site about three miles northwest of Abraham.
This news article describes our Pilgrimage to the Topaz site:
-- Hundreds help dedicate Topaz as a history landmark by Tiffany Erickson. Deseret Morning News. July 01, 2007