Stories of Displacement

A black and white photo of two men and two women standing in front of a store. The printed letters on the storefront windows advertise cigars, fruit, and ice cream.
Residents of the town Hanford in 1935 could buy ice cream and other treats at store called Beldin’s.



The Manhattan Project required great sacrifice in the name of national security. Native Americans, homesteaders, settlers, and farmers were displaced from their lands in New Mexico, Tennessee, and Washington to make way for the Manhattan Project’s three main centers of operation. Although these stories are little known, they form an important and enduring chapter of the Manhattan Project. Follow the links below to explore stories of those who sacrificed their land, homes, and livelihoods for the development of this massive wartime project.  


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    Last updated: April 11, 2023

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