Officials in L-A are trying to teach tolerance with a dark moment in history. New signs are posted in Tujunga where more than two thousand Japanese people were detained during World War 2. La Tuna Detention Center Coalition president Nancy Oda, who says she was born in a detention station believes the signs will help people learn about a dark period in the city’s history.
"During the last 76 years, this was a hidden part of history."
The station on La Tuna Canyon Road held Japanese, German and Italian immigrants until 1943. The feds rounded up Japanese immigrants the day Pearl Harbor was attacked and the detention center in Tujunga was used for about two years. It is now an abandoned Golf course, but for the two years during the war, more than 2000 people were detained there.
"Travelers from all over the world will stop at one of these intersections, one of these corners, and learn about the history and the confinements of Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants," said Oda.