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Tule Lake National Monument

A former internment camp in California, Tule Lake now stands as a memorial to the 29,000 Japanese Americans forced to relocate here during World War II.

Tule Lake National Monument includes both the Tule Lake Segregation Center, the largest and most controversial of the sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II, and Camp Tulelake, which was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp before becoming a facility to detain Japanese Americans, then finally serving as a prisoner of war camp.

Between 1942 and 1946, over 29,000 people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated at Tule Lake, two thirds of which were US citizens. In all, over 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II.

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