The Topaz Museum in Delta is a beautiful tribute to those who suffered at the Japanese Internment Camps. While I don't know anyone personally from the Topaz camp, my grandmother was sent to an internment camp in Arkansas. She never talked about it, not really in detail, no one did. It was something the Japanese people didn't talk about.
My husband and I were trying to explain to our kids what the internment camps were and it sounded stupid to say "Grandma was sent there because she was Japanese." What else could we say? My grandma was a young woman and even married while in the camps. (He died in Italy, serving America.)
By the time I walked into the museum, I was already in tears.
Really, it's a terrible stain on America's history.
All the photos, artifacts and faces really hit me hard. This could have been my mom, or even me.
At the museum, there are replicas and artifacts from those who actually stayed in Topaz. Really, the museum is lovely and gives a good history of Topaz.
Before you leave everyone can take a crane, which represents healing and hope in Japanese culture.
I'm glad I went and I'm glad I was able to take my family. I'm also glad that these camps can't happen again in America.
- Family Friendly
- Bathrooms Available
- ADA Friendly