Sam Mihara, Heart Mountain survivor, will share his story

CHEYENNE, WYO. —  Heart Mountain, located in Wyoming, is the site where one of the most disturbing chapters of American history took place. This May, one of the survivors of that internment camp will talk about his time there.

The Laramie County Community College Foundation will present “Sam Mihara: Memories of Heart Mountain” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the Cheyenne East High School Auditorium.

During World War II, the U.S. government forced nine-year-old Mihara and his entire family to move from their home in San Francisco to the internment camp in Wyoming. Seventy years have passed since the incarceration, and he is one of the few survivors willing to speak about this experience.

In his moving presentation, Mihara talks about his years in the Heart Mountain and Pomona internment camps, providing a first-hand account of this civil rights injustice that was experienced by more than 120,000 Japanese Americans.

Presented as part of the Gerald and Jessie Chambers Speakers Series, this event is free and open to the entire community.

LCCC is using the more centrally-located East High auditorium to give more people in the community – including high school students – a chance to see this cultural program.

For more information, call (307) 778-1285 or email.

People can learn more about the events LCCC Foundation is holding by visiting its Web page.