Park Service Awards Japanese Internment Grants

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The National Park Service has awarded nearly $1 million to increase public awareness about sites related to the detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

The largest of the 19 grants - $282,000 - is going to an organization that is building a museum at the former Heart Mountain Relocation Center outside Powell, in northern Wyoming.

At its peak population in 1943, Heart Mountain held 11,000 Japanese-Americans. If it had been a city, the camp would have been the fourth-largest city in Wyoming at the time.

President Obama approved the grant funding earlier this year. Programs at relocation center sites in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Texas and Utah also are receiving grants.

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