June 28, 2012
Within months of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. government began relocating more than 100,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast to the nation’s interior, fearing they might assist in an invasion attempt. Two of ten centers, Jerome (Drew County) and Rohwer (Desha County), were constructed in Arkansas. Over 16,000 internees spent most of the war years in one of these relocation centers. Shown here are some internees at Rohwer in 1943.