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Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 6:27 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 6:26 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — A U.S. Army base in Oklahoma that the federal government selected as a temporary shelter for migrant children also held hundreds in a Japanese internment camp during World War II.
Historical data from the National Park Service and private organizations show Fort Sill was among at least 14 Army and Department of Justice facilities nationwide where Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants were interred. The Army's War Relocation Authority held about 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans in "relocation centers" during the war with Japan.
The president of Densho, an organization that documents history of the camps, says sites like Fort Sill should be closed, not reused.