A Documentary Explores Two Different Communities Living In The Heart Mountain Barracks

Aug 3, 2018

Ruth Blackburn Pfaff (right) and Jane Blackburn Chelberg (left), daughters of homesteaders Mary and Chester Blackburn, in front of their former barrack home.
Credit Stan Honda

A documentary and book explores what happened to the barracks at Heart Mountain detention camp for Japanese Americans after World War Two. The film released in December 2017, “Moving Walls: The Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps,” tells the little-known story of how hundreds of the barracks were sold to veterans to homestead in Northwest Wyoming. Sharon Yamato, the filmmaker, wanted to explore the connection between these two different communities in an effort to create a dialogue. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska asked Yamato what was the significance of the barracks to the homesteaders.