Jack Richard photograph of a mother and son at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center
On August 12, 1942, the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Park County, Wyoming, between Cody and Powell, opened its gates to Japanese-Americans who had been forced from their West Coast homes by the U.S. government after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
The center had a hospital, local government, schools, churches, football and basketball teams, scouting groups, and two movie theaters. It wasn’t long before Heart Mountain would swell to Wyoming’s third largest city, housing nearly 11,000 citizen and alien internees in its tarpaper barracks and barbed-wire enclosures.
Photographed by Jack Richard in 1942, Sets Murakami stands holding her son Richard with the barracks of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in the background. Jack Richard Collection. PN.89.111.21237.8