Butsudan-Buddhist altar

This Butsudan-Buddhist altar was made from scrap lumber in Jerome Relocation Center in Arkansas. Buddhism was among the religions that was practiced in the internment camps. However, it was not formally recognized in the camp or marked with a specific house of worship within the internment camp grounds. This altar would have been kept in the barracks and used privately.
Currently not on view
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Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 22 1/16 in x 13 1/4 in x 22 1/2 in; 56.03875 cm x 33.655 cm x 57.15 cm
place made
United States: Arkansas, Jerome
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catalog number
nonaccession number
Cultures & Communities
Japanese American Internment Era
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, General
Japanese American Internment Era
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Butsudan-Buddhist altar
Credit Line
Gift of Sam Oda
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