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Group of workers around sign marking Manzanar area limits
Group of workers around sign marking Manzanar area limits

Original caption translation [Noriko Sanefuji]: "Maintenance crew posing before barbed wire fence. This crew maintained the internment camp facilities and repaired the barbed wire fences."
Miyatake smuggled a lens into camp and took pictures using a homemade camera.

"The fence, the guards, the towers and their implications make a still deeper impression because, along the east boundary, the fence runs only a few feet from a main highway. This segment of highway lies between Independence, the county seat, and the town of Lone Pine. It connects this region with the more thickly populated area to the south. There is consequently a fair amount of traffic upon it, and the contrast between the barbed wire and the confinement within Manzanar, and the observable freedom and motion for those immediately outside, is galling to a good many residents."
War Relocation Authority Report, Manzanar (1943)
Toyo Miyatake
The Days of Manzanar