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Photograph of tarpaper sculpture at Tuna Canyon Los Angeles Japanese American World War II detention center historic site. By Gardiner Funo O'Kain.
Silence (Tarpaper Totem, Tuna Canyon Detention Station)
May 03, 2021

The Tuna Canyon Detention Station held Issei men from Southern California, detained by the FBI after Pearl Harbor was bombed, and before they were transferred to various other camps. The Tuna Canyon Detention Station also held German and Italian men and Japanese Peruvians.

After the camp was shuttered, the land became the Verdugo Hills Golf Course.