Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) announced today that a former internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II will soon see funds for preservation and restoration thanks to a federal grant from the National Park Service. Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI), a Denver-based non-profit will use the $29,060 grant to make The Granada Relocation Center, commonly known as Camp Amache, more accessible to historians and visitors.
Gardner, whose district encompasses the historical site in Prowers County, Colorado, applauded the grant and the ongoing work of CPI.
"The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II is a dark moment in our national history," said Gardner. "This grant will provide future generations a window to the mistakes of the past so that we may never be doomed to repeat them."
Camp Amache operated from 1942 to 1945, and held as many as 7, 318 of the estimated 110,000 interned Japanese-Americans across the country. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Restoration and preservation efforts have been ongoing since 2007.