Architecture of Internment: The Buildup to Wartime Incarceration

Japanese Evacuees at the Pacific International Livestock Exposition Building, being used as a Japanese American assembly center. July 8, 1942 Photo file #584. Oregon Journal Collection. OrHi 28157 bb013905

March 28 – April 3, 2017

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120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were incarcerated during World War II. This traveling exhibit highlights the role of Oregonians in the decision to incarcerate Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals.

Created by Graham Street Productions

Exhibit poster for Architecture of Internment: The Build Up to Wartime Incarceration

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In this exhibit you will see:

  • Personal letters and proclamations from Oregonians to Governor Sprague in 1941 and 1942, advocating for the exclusion and incarceration of Oregonian Japanese Americans.
  • The Oregon Governor’s responses to these letters and proclamations revealing his changing position under political and social pressure.
  • Blueprints of potential “Assembly Center” and “Relocation Camp” locations such as race tracks and fairgrounds.

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