From the plaque:
This was one of 15 temporary
detention camps established during World War II to incarcerate
persons of Japanese ancestry, a majority of whom were
American citizens, without specific charges or trial.
From May to September 1942, 4,669 residents of Northern
California were detained until permanent relocation camps
were built. May the injustices and humiliation suffered
here as a result of hysteria, racism, and economic exploitation
Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Japanese American Citizens League, Livingston-Merced Chapter, February 19, 1982.