Public opinion sought on efforts to designate Camp Amache A National Park – CBS Denver
GRENADA, Colorado (CBS4)– A former Japanese internment camp in southeast Colorado could become a national park. The National Park Service is holding a meeting to get public comment.
Camp Amache is located near Grenada, in southeast Colorado.
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In recent weeks, lawmakers representing Colorado have been pushing for a bill to make the camp’s history more visible to the general public. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper and Representatives Ken Buck and Joe Neguse introduced the Amache National Historic Act to ensure that the camp is more than a footnote in history.
Governor Jared Polis sent a letter to the National Park Service expressing support for the designation.
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About 7,500 Japanese Americans were forcibly evicted from their homes in the 1940s after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Two-thirds of them were US citizens.
The Amache site was one of 10 illegal internment camps created during World War II.
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The National Park Service is holding virtual public meetings on a special study for the proposed designation. Next is Thursday night.