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When
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - Saturday, September 25, 2021

Address
1873 Hwy 98 West, Carrabelle, FL 32322

Phone Number
(850) 697-8575

Website
www.campgordonjohnston.com

Email
museum@campgordonjohnston.com

Special Exhibit on the Atomic Bomb

Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum in Carrabelle is presenting a special exhibit on the Atomic Bomb. This exhibit will open Tuesday, August 17 at 11 am and will be on display at the museum until Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 5 pm. There is no charge for admission but donations are gladly accepted.

This special exhibit commemorates the anniversary of the two bombings that brought WWII to a close: the atomic bombs attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9. Much has been debated about the decision to develop and use atomic weapons, but historians generally agree that Germany, Japan, and the Soviet Union were well on their way to developing their own, and both the Allies and the Japanese predicted that the invasion of the Japanese Homeland (codenamed "Downfall") would have costs millions of lives on both sides.

This exhibit will explore what made these bombs so destructive, and how they were kept secret. Come and learn about the people, the places, the science and the aftermath of this significant event that ended WWII. Visitors can use a Geiger counter to measure the radioactivity of samples of uraninite and trinitite, and see vintage film of the aftermath of the bombs in Japan. 

Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum is located in Carrabelle, directly across from Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1873 Hwy 98 West. For more information, contact Camp Gordon Johnston Museum at (850) 697-8575 or museum@campgordonjohnston.com. Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

 

Photo 1: Nagasaki, Japan under atomic bomb attack. A dense column of smoke rises more than 60,000 feet into the air over the Japanese port of Nagasaki, the result of an atomic bomb, the second ever used in warfare, dropped on the industrial center August 9, 1945, from a U.S. B-29 Superfortress. Credit: Library of Congress

Photo 2: Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., Pilot of the Enola Gay, the Plane that Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Waves from His Cockpit before the Takeoff, 6 August 1945, Army Air Forces. Credit: National Archives

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