DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis threw his support behind an effort to designate a former Japanese internment camp in Colorado as a national park. Camp Amache is found near Grenada, in southeastern Colorado.
Polis sent a letter expressing his support to the National Park Service.READ MORE: Start Making Family Plans As Tickets Go On Sale For Holiday Productions At Denver Center For The Performing Arts
Over the last several weeks, lawmakers representing Colorado are pushing for a bill to make the camp’s history more visible to the general public. U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper and Reps. Ken Buck and Joe Neguse introduced the Amache National Historic Act to make sure the camp is more than a footnote in history.
About 7,500 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes in the 1940s, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Two thirds of them were U.S. citizens.
The Amache site was one of 10 illegal internment camps created during World War II.READ MORE: Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette Hosts Mental Health Hearing Focusing On Children During The Pandemic
A social studies teacher at Granada High School hopes the lawmakers’ efforts are successful.
“You would be surprised how many people have no clue that there was the camp in the state of Colorado,” said John Hopper told CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd earlier this month.
“Preserving and protecting the Amache site presents a valuable opportunity to better our country, our state, our history and most importantly our future in the spirit of justice, equity and inclusion. It will allow us to interrogate our past, and understand a more complete story of our nation,” said Polis.MORE NEWS: Littleton Police Officer Recovering After Being Shot, Suspects Remain At Large
The National Park Service is hosting virtual public meetings about a special study for the proposed designation. The first one is this Saturday.
- Saturday, May 22, 2021
11:00 am to 1:00 pm MST / 10:00 am to 12:00 pm PST
By phone: (877) 369 0926, Meeting ID: 929 6136 9737
- Wednesday, May 26, 2021
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm MST / 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm PST
By phone: (877) 853 5247, Meeting ID: 943 1512 7736
- Thursday, May 27, 2021
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm MST / 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm PST
By phone: (877) 853 5247, Meeting ID: 953 2480 0472