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 Japanese Americans, over half of whom were American citizens. Two of these camps where in the Arkansas Delta, one at Rohwer in Desha County, and the other at Jerome in sections of Chicot and Drew counties. These camps were open from October, 1942, to November, 1945, with over 16,000 Japanese-Americans having been incarcerated during that period. Joseph Boone Hunter was born on December 27, 1886, and died in September 1987. His career included teaching in public schools and colleges, serving as army chaplain with active foreign service, missionary work in the Far East and Middle East, the United States Civil Service, and a score of interim pastorates. In Arkansas, Dr. Hunter served at Rohwer Relocation Camp where he was in charge of the school, hospital, and social welfare, as well as his own church service.
Newspaper article detailing the local sentiments about the Japanese-American internment centers at Rohwer and Jerome.
35 mm microfilm
Japanese; Japanese Americans; Internment camps; Military camps;
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
McGehee, Desha County. (Ark.)
McGehee Times, MFN_000476, Roll 7
You Fought Prejudice and Won - Japanese-American Internment Camps in Arkansas
Arkansas State Archives
"Food For Thought" McGehee Times, MFN_000476, Roll 7, 1943-09-02, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas
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