July 10, 2020

Gordon Hirabayashi

The legacy of Gordon Hirabayashi and the internment camp on Mount Lemmon.
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There is a sign on the road to Mount Lemmon that reads Gordon Hirabayashi. During World War II the site where that sign stands was a prison camp. Gordon Hirabayashi was an inmate. Hirabayashi was one of only three Japanese Americans to openly defy the U.S. government when it forcibly interned nearly 70,000 American citizens of Japanese descent into harsh and isolated detention camps. This is the story of how he went from prisoner to civil rights hero.

Story by: David Fenster
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