Friends Center, in partnership with the Japanese American Citizenship League, hosted the traveling exhibition “Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II” during February and March 2017.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, the instrument that authorized the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Denied their civil liberties, they were held in camps operated by the War Relocation Authority. Between 1942 and 1944, some 33,000 individual contracts were issued for seasonal farm labor, with many working in the sugar beet industry.
This exhibit introduces their story.
- VIEWING TIMES: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 11 am–3 pm, generally
- Uprooted Exhibition website
- Download a flyer to share
- Article in Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/5/2017
- See Denise Nakano’s story on NBC10 News
- Learn about the Quaker support for Japanese Americans during the internment, via the American Friends Service Committee centennial website