History of the Poston Restoration Project

Today, few of the thousands of buildings constructed at the Poston complex remain standing. Most have been razed or moved in the intervening sixty years. Even fewer internee-constructed buildings remain. Dr. Raoul Roko, consultant to CRIT, conducted an intensive survey of the Poston camp sites and surrounding areas on the reservation to inventory remaining artifacts and structures during 1999-2000. 

Recognizing the importance of the Poston site, the CRIT Tribal Council in 1999, initiated a study centered on the restoration of a small portion of the camp for educational and historical purposes. As part of the tribes commitment to the concept, the council has set aside forty acres of reservation land for the project. 

It is within the spirit of this shared experience and history that representatives of the CRIT and an ad hoc group of Poston internees including the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego have been informally working to preserve and restore a portion of Poston for future generations. Informal meetings have been held since 2001 throughout California and Arizona leading to the current proposal to bring thirty representatives of the tribes, the California internee community and residents of the City of Parker together to move the Poston Restoration project to the next logical phase. 



The mission of the Poston Community Alliance is to preserve Poston’s incarceration history in order to uphold social justice for all Americans, regardless of race, religion and ethnicity. Through multimedia education and the preservation of stories, artifacts and historic structures, Poston’s unique multicultural history, involving Japanese Americans and Native Americans, will be kept alive.


Poston Memorial Monument

23701 Mohave Rd

Parker, AZ 85344



Poston Community Alliance 

1902 Strayhorn Rd.

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523



Poston Community Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit group.

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