Tuna Canyon Detention Station

LA’s Historic Cultural Monument #1039

Photo Credit: Stephen Schafer

Day of Remembrance at
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center

During World War II, the U.S. government incarcerated without due process more than 2,000 Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants, Japanese taken from Peru, and others at the Tuna Canyon Detention Station located within the City of Los Angeles. Today, the barbed wire fence, guard posts, and barracks are gone. Only the oaks remain. This website reveals what they witnessed over 80 years ago. The main purpose of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition is to illuminate this tragic event so that such injustice is never again experienced by any group.

Mission Statement

To illuminate the U.S. government’s World War II incarceration of Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and others at the Tuna Canyon Detention Station and to promote social justice and equity so that such injustice is never again experienced by any group.

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Upcoming Events and News

  • Tuna Canyon Detention Station exhibit will be on view at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima, California 91331 on February 18, 2023 from 2:30-5:00. Light refreshments will be served. Proud recipient of the Aratani CARE grant  to design a......

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  • Time to Remember with jazz musician Akira Tana and the Otonowa Band Coming to perform from the Bay Area To raise funds for the Historic Cultural Monument 1039 In Tujunga, California  Date: September 23, 2023Time: 12:30 Location: Friendship Hall3201 Riverside Drive near Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California 90027View......

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  • By TAKESHI NAKAYAMA Nichi, Bei News Contributor, LOS ANGELES Griffith Park’s Travel Town Museum, which offers fun train rides for birthday parties, business meet- ings and also shares railroad facts, has a little-known ugly history — it contained a World War II prison camp that......

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  • The Tuna Canyon Detention Station was the site of the unjust World War II incarceration of Japanese, German, Italian aliens, and others. We preserve this history by encouraging creative media. We hope that this will enable us to reflect on our past and become better......

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