Heart Mountain

“No person shall be…  deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law,” reads the fifth amendment to the Constitution of the United States. And yet that’s exactly what happened when about 110,000 thousand Japanese — mostly Americans - were rounded up and sent to live in remote interment camps behind barbed wire. Last August, former Japanese American internees returned to one of those internment camps, Heart Mountain in Wyoming. They were there for a reunion of sorts. They brought their children, grand children, even great grandchildren. They swapped stories, visited old friends, and, most importantly, dedicated a new museum, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center, that honors those whose lives were so overturned as a result of Executive Order 9066. Here are some photos from that gathering: