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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  • My wife and I stopped to visit this memorial on Bainbridge lsland to pay our respects to fellow Americans that were sold out by the US Government. This memorial has special meaning, as my mother's fam...  more »
  • This small outdoor memorial is beautifully done and well worth the short walk along the path that the Bainbridge Islanders of Japanese descent were forced to take. It's beautifully designed, includes ...  more »
  • this is along the shoreline and one can imagine the walk of those japanese americans that were "deported" here from their beloved island homes and land. Next door to Pritchard Park, an excellent beach...  more »
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  • Very beautiful walk with a bit of local history! The wall is amazing and informative. I hadn't ever heard about the internment of Japanese until I visited the memorial. I look forward to visiting again after the pier and building are added... I know there is still a great deal to learn, and I'm sure that my rating will then be all 5 stars!
  • Excellent display. Looks like it could use a little attention, though. Seems it hasn't been updated since it was first put in during the Bush administration (don't remember which one). Excellent beach very close by. We need to pay more attention to this issue so it never happens again.
  • A powerfully educational memorial from an unfortunate time in American history. Artful and sensitive display that tells of local experiences when upstanding Japanese-American citizen-residents of Bainbridge Island were uprooted and detained, many losing all of their belongs and property, because of xenophobic racism during WWII. All who visit Bainbridge Island should take time to stop at this memorial.
  • Excited to come back when it is done. As it sits, it is very tranquil.
  • 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?

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