Express Yourself: Jim Kozen visits the museum, mural

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Jim Kozen stands in front of the Winters History Mural at the Winter Museum Feb. 6. He is the boy pictured in front in the mural wearing suspenders, similar to those in the photo at left. (Courtesy photo)

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Historical Society of Winters
Special to the Express

The Winters Museum and the Winters History Mural had a very special visitor recently. We thought that we should share a few photos related to the event. Jim Kozen and his family visited the Museum and the Mural on Sunday, Feb. 6.

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Members of the Kato, Kozen, and Esaki families were sent to the Turlock Assembly Center in 1942, awaiting placement in an internment camp at Gila River, Arizona. Pictured (l-r) are, first row: Jim and Bobby Kozen; second row: Bud Kato, Tony Kozen, holding son Roy; Henry Kato, Masako (Kato) Kozen, Mike Kato, George Esaki; and his mother Fusano; third row: Yoneko Kato, Harry Kato and Utae Kato. (Dorothea Lange Collection at UC Berkeley Bancroft Library Collection/Courtesy photo)

Kozen is the older of the two young boys standing in the front row of Dorothea Lange’s photo taken at the Turlock Assembly Center almost 80 years ago. The photo of the Turlock Assembly Center shows members of the Kato, Kozen, and Esaki families who were sent to the Turlock Assembly
Center in 1942, to await placement in an internment camp at Gila River, Ariz.

Kozen and his family visited the Lost Japanese Community of Winters exhibit, and he posed next to his image in the Mural.

The Lost Japanese Community of Winters exhibit will run through Sunday, March 20.

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