DALLAS, March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is attracting large crowds with its new special exhibition featuring photos by Ansel Adams.
Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams features photographs taken by famed landscape photographer Ansel Adams at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California between 1943 and 1944.
In 1943, Adams was invited by his friend Ralph Merritt, Manzanar's director, to photograph the camp internees.
"Through Ansel Adams' eyes and camera lens, this controversial period in American history is documented, reminding us that Japanese American citizens were denied civil and human rights in the country they called home due to their ancestry," said Mary Pat Higgins, president and CEO of the museum.
"Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams is the kind of special exhibitions we will be featuring in the new 51,000 square-foot, state of the art, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum opening in the fall of 2019 in the historic West End district of downtown Dallas," she said.
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, brought the United States into World War II. The attack led to insecurity and distrust among U.S. citizens as Japanese Americans were viewed as threats to American security. Using Ansel Adams' extraordinary photographs, this exhibit will lay bare the forced internment of Japanese Americans in ten internment camps on the West Coast and in the Midwest, an act for which the U.S. would eventually apologize and make restitution.
The series shows Japanese American perseverance and resolve despite losing homes, property, and civil rights. The exhibit was organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles.
The Manzanar exhibit is sponsored by ORIX USA and the ORIX Americas Miyauchi Charitable Foundation, The Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, and the Orchid Giving Circle Fund at Dallas Women's Foundation.
About the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance:
The Dallas Holocaust Museum's mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. For museum location details and visitor information, visit DallasHolocaustMuseum.org.
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