On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed executive order 9066, authorizing the incarceration of Japanese Americans. A large number of Japanese Americans – 11,212 – were taken to the Topaz WWII Relocation Center near Delta, Utah.
Seventy-five years later, the Topaz Museum unveiled interpretive exhibits telling the story of the internment and of the thousands of lives it irreversibly affected. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, an official apology for government actions based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”
The Topaz Museum creates opportunities for students, local residents, and visitors to learn about—and learn from—this dark part of our nation’s history, and also to be inspired by the stories of people who persevered in spite of the terrible circumstances forced upon them.
Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership Funds
Other Federal Grants
Utah State Funds
Leverage of GBHAP Funds
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