A design concept for the WWII Camp Wall was completed on a pro bono basis by Gregg Maedo of Gregg Maedo + Associates. Kanji Sahara requested walls of reflective black granite and Mr. Maedo placed them in an open pattern that will stand majestically on the corner of Columbia Park. Mr. Maedoi is a generous benefactor to the Japanese American Community, and designed the memorial on a pro bono basis.

WWII Camp Wall Perspective - Design by Gregg Maedo of Maedo + Associates - Rendering by Roger Yanagita, Architect

Architect Roger Yanagita was brought on board by Assemblyman Muratsuchi to complete the detailed drawings, plans and cost estimate. The layout features pathways leading to the memorial walls, located at the southeast corner of Columbia Park, and bordered by Prairie and 190th Streets.

WWII Camp Wall Sketch
Original design sketch by Gregg Maedo


We are working in collaboration with Dr. Duncan Williams, who is the director of the Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religion and Culture at the University of Southern California. He is the creator of the Ireizo Virtual names Monument Project that is a web-based memorial honoring the names of over 125,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who experienced incarceration during World War II. Dr. Williams is  working to make sure that all names of those that were incarcerated are spelled correctly.

Furthermore, Dr. Russell Endo, retired professor, University of Colorado and a board member of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition has been working on compiling the names of the 2,000 individuals held at Tuna Canyon Detention Station in Tujunga, California.

Names on WWII Camp Wall