Letter, Governor Homer M. Adkins to Arkansas Representative Oren Harris
Adkins, Homer M.
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.
Letter from Governor Adkins to Arkansas Representative Oren Harris explaining that the War Relocation Authority promised Governor Adkins that Arkansas's interned Japanese-Americans would remain in the camps under guard at all time, would not enter the workforce, would not be able to purchase land in Arkansas, and would be removed at the end of the war.
Letter, 8" x 10"
Evacuations; Military assistance; Military camps; Military organizations; Camps; Refugee camps; War; Japanese; Japanese Americans; World War II (1939-1945); Internment camps; Relocation camps; Employment; Land
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
Washington, D.C.; Little Rock, Pulaski County. (Ark.)
Homer Adkins Papers, MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 47
You Fought Prejudice and Won - Japanese-American Internment Camps in Arkansas
Arkansas State Archives
Letter, Governor Homer M. Adkins to Arkansas Representative Oren Harris, Homer Adkins Papers, MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 47, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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