Governor Ralph Carr and Amache

Thousands of Japanese Americans Imprisoned. One Governor's Fight for Their Freedom.

In 1942, Japanese and Japanese-Americans began arriving at the Amache internment camp in southeastern Colorado, wartime prisoners in their own country. Coloradans overwhelmingly opposed the presence of the Japanese in their state, but Governor Ralph Carr openly welcomed the internees. He condemned the hatred that brought them to Colorado. “They are loyal Americans,” he said, “sharing only race with the enemy.” Carr’s principles came with a price: the end of his political career. But his words persuaded many internees to stay in Colorado after the war. Carr is now honored with a statue in Denver’s Sakura Square. Photos History Colorado, 10027361, 10027363.

 

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