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Photograph of tarpaper sculpture at Tulelake Japanese American World War II incarceration historic site. By Gardiner Funo O'Kain.
Silence (Tarpaper Totem, Tulelake Segregation Center)
April 23, 2021

Tulelake was one of the ten WRA camps. In 1943, as a result of the loyalty questionnaire, it was converted into a high-security prison where No-No Boys and people deemed potential enemies were imprisoned. It became a prison within a concentration camp notorious for squalid conditions.