Wyoming internment camp life examined in Los Angeles ahead of museum

People who were held at an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II are helping decide how a new interpretive center at the site should depict life behind barbed wire in northern Wyoming.

Meetings Friday and Saturday at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles will take a close look at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center north of Cody and the experiences of internees even after the camp was shut down in 1945.

Organizers say they want the site to carry an enduring message: Never again should U.S. citizens be rounded up without due process.

One former Heart Mountain internee says he still meets people who don't know the government forced 110,000 Japanese-Americans into camps during the war.

The interpretive center is set to open next August.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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