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New exhibit explores 'America’s Pastime' through lens of AZ's Japanese internment camps

A new exhibit at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe explores “America’s Pastime” through the lens of WWII Japanese internment camps in the U.S. — two of which were in Arizona.

Titled “Rebuilding Home Plate,” the exhibit “tells the stories of Japanese Americans who were stripped of their constitutional rights during the war and how baseball was a way to endure imprisonment,” according to a release.

“The collection is beautiful and, of course, people are intrigued about Arizona. There’s some stories that need to be told that don’t get enough attention and this is a triumph of the human spirit in the midst of oppression,” said Todd Bailey, special projects coordinator for the Center.

The exhibit is free to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in honor of the ensuing Arizona Statehood Day.  

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