Letter, Edward J. Meeman to Governor Homer M. Adkins
Meeman, Edward J.
After December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the War Relocation Authority (WRA), which selected ten sites in which to imprison more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, over half of whom were American citizens. Two of these camps were in the Arkansas Delta, one at Rohwer in Desha County, and the other at Jerome in sections of Chicot and Drew counties. Over 16,000 Japanese-Americans were incarcerated in these two camps between October 1942 and November 1945. The Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) is an organization that advocates for women's leadership, peace, human rights, and Christian values. The organization worked on behalf of interned Japanese-American women and girls during World War II and after.
Edward Meeman, editor for the Memphis Press-Scimitar, writes to Governor Adkins asking if the Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) could hire a young woman from the Japanese interment camp by the name of June Yamagachi because the Y.W.C.A. was having a hard time finding a teacher for their camp in Hardy, Arkansas, for their arts and crafts department.
Letter, 8" x 10"
Evacuations; Military assistance; Military camps; Camps; Refugee camps; War; Japanese; Japanese Americans; World War II (1939-1945); Internment camps; Relocation camps; labor; Employment;
Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643; Amon Guy Thompson papers, MG04582 - MG04586; Austin Smith papers, 1942–1945, MG04350; Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, MG01299; Community Analysis Reports and Community Analysis Trend Reports of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946, MG03846 - MG03847; Japanese Camp papers, MG03848 - MG03869
Memphis, Shelby County. (Tenn.); Little Rock, Pulaski County. (Ark.)
Homer Adkins Papers, MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 86
You Fought Prejudice and Won - Japanese-American Internment Camps in Arkansas
Arkansas State Archives
Letter, Edward J. Meeman to Governor Homer M. Adkins, Homer Adkins Papers, MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 86, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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