Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, Bainbridge Island

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The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial is an outdoor exhibit commemorating the internment of Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island in the state of Washington. It is located on the south shore of Eagle Harbor, opposite the town of Winslow. Administratively, it is a unit of the Minidoka National Historic Site in Idaho.BackgroundJapanese immigrants first came to Bainbridge Island in the 1880s, working in sawmills and strawberry harvesting, and by the 1940s had become an integral part of the island's community. Because of the island's proximity to naval bases, local Japanese Americans were the first in the whole country to be interned. 227 Japanese Americans were ordered to leave the island with six days' notice. They departed by ferry on March 30, 1942. The island had a total of 276 Japanese American residents at the time; those who were away from the island at the time due to study, military service, or other business were not permitted to return. Most internees were sent to Manzanar, California, though some were later transferred to Minidoka, Idaho. Local newspapers such as the The Bainbridge Review (made famous by the novel and film Snow Falling on Cedars) spoke out against the internment and continued to publish correspondence from internees. A Seattle Post-Intelligencer photograph of Bainbridge Island resident Fumiko Hayashida and her 13-month-old daughter preparing to board the ferry that day became famous as a symbol of the internment. 150 returned to the island after the end of World War II. By 2011, about 90 survivors remained, of whom 20 still lived on the island.
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  • The memorial honors the Japanese Americans that lived on Bainbridge Island and were placed in concentration caps during WWII It s a beautiful and contemplative place. It has a wall that honors the nam...  more »
  • I found this memorial by visiting the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and found about the Japanese exclusion of this island's Japanese Americans. My relatives were incarcerated to Poston AZ during...  more »
  • This tiny and hopelessly signposted memorial is deeply moving. In today's troubled and uncertain political times it would do everyone good to learn, or be reminded of, the incarceration and stigmatisa...  more »
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  • Really nice memorial for a tragic event. Recommend visiting the Bainbridge island museum for additional exhibits on the Japanese internment.
  • This is an incredibly powerful memorial about the 200+ Japanese who were whisked away shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They were relocated into "camps" until the war was over. Most were American citizens. All of them had their rights trampled despite our supposed adherence to a constitution. They were put into these camps out of fear and racism. Not because of any real threat. In all, 120,000 People of Japanese descent were incarcerated in camps around the country. Many lost their lands and most of their possessions. Only recently have presidents apologized for these tragic events. The big question is, have we learned our lesson? Would we ever again trample on the rights of our citizen simply because of a group's race, ethnic background or religion? What do our current presidential candidates say about this?
  • My wife and I were impressed with how minimalistic but impactful this memorial is. We were also extremely saddened to see how mistreated Japanese Americans were during WWII. The pictures, the stories, the quotes and overall history lesson make this memorial a must see.
  • This is where internment started for many Japanese Americans in WWII. It's a small memorial but an important one. It's very well done.
  • Learnt a lot about this event. Park Ranger Andrew was very helpful.