San Bruno -- A decade-long effort to tell the story of 8,000 Bay Area residents of Japanese ancestry who were incarcerated during World War II at the site of what is now the Tanforan shopping center in San Bruno is now reality.
On Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, members of the Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee, along with local officials, residents and former detainees and their families, attended the unveiling of a memorial built to remember the history of the Japanese American incarceration and to ensure that such injustices will not be repeated in the future.
The Board of Supervisors, in June 2016, voted to grant the committee $250,000 in Measure K funds toward building a memorial.
Following the outbreak of World War II, approximately 112,000 individuals who were deemed security risks due to their ethnic background were sent to assembly centers, including Tanforan (a race track at the time), before being sent to long-term camps for the duration of the war.
Photos courtesy of Blach Construction Company