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Church hosts Hiroshima Peace Memorial exhibit

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When Little Boy, the first atomic bomb used as a weapon, was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, the world was mesmerized by the power symbolized by a towering mushroom cloud. Fat Man fell on Nagasaki three days later.

The horror of these bombings ended World War II, but now, 63 years after the resounding effects of nuclear explosions, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan is heightening awareness of the bombs' devastating effects.

Starting Monday, the First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, 600 N.W. 13th, is hosting the museum's traveling exhibit of 30 posters with images of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings' graphic aftereffects. The museum hopes to reach 101 cities in the U.S. with this exhibit to offer more people the opportunity to learn about this chapter in history.

More than 200,000 people were killed in the pair of bombings, and the consequences of the bombs' radiation emissions are still seen in the region today. Nathan Powell, First Unitarian Church's coordinator for the exhibit, said this collection of posters is more than just a historical exhibit.

"I think it's important to remember these pivotal historical events, but I also think we're living a time when the idea of weapons of mass destruction has become a three-letter acronym and is tossed around," Powell said. "I think it's very timely to remind people of what we're really talking about when we talk about weapons of mass destruction."

The exhibit will run through Aug. 15. Admission is free. For more information, call 232-9224.

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