The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (HMWF) was formed in 1996, and in August 2011, completed the construction and opening of a world-class Interpretive Center located on the site of an internment camp for Japanese and Japanese Americans near Powell, Wyoming. The Heart Mountain Relocation Center opened in August 1942 and imprisoned more than 14,000 people during its three-year existence. The last internees left the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in November, 1945. The Interpretive Center provides an overview of the wartime relocation of Japanese Americans, including the background history of anti-Asian prejudice in America and the factors leading to their enforced relocation and confinement. Special emphasis is given to the experience of incarceration, the diverse personal responses of Japanese Americans to their imprisonment, constitutional issues, violations of civil liberties and civil rights, and the broader issues of race and social justice in America.
Heart Mountain Wyoming Stories by WPM featured in the Los Angeles Times
Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation & Interpretive Center
1539 Road 19
Powell, WY 82435
For more information and upcoming events, visit the Heart Mountain web site .