The crew of the ‘Manzanar Fishing Club’ takes care of the highway


What began as an illustrated lecture and walking tour at Manzanar National Historic Site in 2006 led to the research and development of a film documenting Manzanar inmates sneaking out of barbed wire to go trout fishing under the noses of armed soldiers in the guard towers.

“The Manzanar Fishing Club”, directed by Cory Shiozaki, was released in theaters in 2012. The film has since been shown to thousands of people through community organizations, schools, churches, scouts, fishing clubs and other interest groups. sharing the story of the forced expulsion of Japanese Americans on the West Coast resulting from Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt on February 19, 1942.

The filmmakers felt it was important to continue to raise awareness of Manzanar through outreach programs, including not only screenings, but also walking tours of Manzanar National Historic Site held twice a year.

The Manzanar Fishing Club’s Adopt A Highway sign application was accepted on May 2, 2016. With its new designation adjacent to the Manzanar National Historic Site and Interpretive Center, it has increased the visibility of the site.

These photos were taken during the last cleaning on June 19.


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