Uprooted visually documents the first of the Japanese-American farm labor camps with photos taken in July 1942 in Oregon and Idaho. This exhibit tells the rarely told story of the 33,000 Japanese Americans from the high security WWII assembly centers and concentration camps who volunteered to harvest sugar beets for the war effort.
Removed from their homes, farms, businesses and communities because of war hysteria, prejudice and failed political leadership, photographer Russell Lee captured the hardships, dignify and sprit of these individuals – more than half of them US citizens.
This timely exhibition commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Day of Remembrance. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing military commanders to designate military areas from which any person could be excluded. General John L. DeWitt, Western Defense Command, issued more than 100 military orders applying only to civilians of Japanese ancestry living in the west coast states. Congress authorized a prison term and fine for any civilian convicted of violating those orders.
Museum CLOSED: Sunday and Monday
This event was posted Jan. 26, 2017 and last updated Jan. 26, 2017