May 2, 2015
JANM Announces Acquisition of Japanese American Incarceration Artifacts
Public auction of the items averted through aligned interests of museum, Japanese American community, auction house, consignor.
Painting by Estelle Peck Ishigo - Photo by Rago Arts and Auction Center
The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) tonight announced it has acquired a collection of more than 400 pieces of historical art and artifacts created by Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. The announcement was made by JANM president and CEO Greg Kimura, during JANM’s annual Gala, which also honored actor and activist George Takei with the museum’s Distinguished Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement and Public Service.
LOS ANGELES —The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) announced today that it has acquired a collection of more than 400 pieces of historical art and artifacts created by Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. JANM’s acquisition ensures these artifacts will be properly preserved and honors the interests of Japanese Americans across the country who expressed concern for the future of these items.
JANM worked through Rago Arts and Auction Center in New Jersey and the consignor to acquire the private collection, which includes artifacts and photographs collected by Allen Hendershott Eaton who wrote a book in 1952 publicizing the injustice of America’s concentration camps for Japanese Americans, where more than 120,000 men, women, and children were kept behind barbed wire by their own country.
“The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to share this story,” said JANM President and CEO Greg Kimura. “We honor the sacrifice of our forebears who suffered to prove their loyalty to the U.S. by ensuring that such Constitutional violations never happen again. I’m very pleased that our museum, Rago Arts and Auction Center, and the John Ryan family of Connecticut, which...