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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  • A must see for history buffs, those who care about civil rights and those who simply may not be aware of the this sad and very embarrassing event in our nation's history - the internment of Japanese A...  more »
  • This memorial is a serene and beautiful walk reminding us how much has changed in 70 years. It is a place that reminds all of us to help and trust our neighbors and friends of all nationalities and ba...  more »
  • We spend a few hours here looking at all the names of the Japanese people that were removed from the island at the start of WWII. Built on the same spot where the piers were back then to take them ove...  more »
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  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Well worth a visit
  • Chilling.