Friends of Texas Historical Commission Receive NPS Grant

In June 2015, Friends of the Texas Historical Commission received $16,000 from the National Park Service, which administers the Japanese Confinement Sites Grant Program. They will research and document a fading mural that was painted by an internee in the former Department of Justice Seagoville Enemy Alien Detention Station, an internment site used to detain Japanese, German, Italian, and others deemed “Enemy Aliens” during World War II. Art conservators will study the 70-year-old mural, and produce a report detailing the costs and potential for future restoration. Also, the history of the approximately 250 Japanese Latin Americans interned at Seagoville will be shared through interpretive banners displayed at the prison and the local public library, with additional information posted on the Texas Historical Commission website.

Image is Seagoville, taken in May 1947, from NARA RG 129-G Box 18 – folder 2_0002. Image available on the internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.