A new display is now open at the Sharlot Hall Museum, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The mini-exhibit features pieces from the Museum’s collection, including fragments of the U.S.S. Arizona, sunk during the attack.
The pieces were a part of the ship’s superstructure, left on Waipahu, Hawaii, after the harbor cleanup occurred. They remained there, rusting, until the 1990s when an act of Congress released them to the USS Arizona Reunion Association, Inc., which in turn generously donated them to the Museum.
The USS Arizona Reunion Association, Inc. asked the Museum to care for and use these battleship pieces “as a remembrance and in honor of the 1177 men killed” aboard the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
“We feel the 80th anniversary of the attack is the appropriate time to bring these artifacts out to tell the history of this battleship and honor the lives lost that day,” says curator Kylin Cummings. “There are increasingly few survivors of Pearl Harbor as time goes on, and it’s important that we keep telling their story.”
The mini-exhibit can be seen in the display case of the Lawler Exhibit Center lobby and will remain up for several months.
The Sharlot Hall Museum is located two blocks west of Prescott’s Courthouse Plaza and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Information on events, programs, and admission prices can be found online at www.sharlothallmuseum.org.