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.
Governor Adkins is informing B. Williams with the Utah Construction Company that he is not willing to allow Japanese-Americans to work in the State of Arkansas and that they will remain behind guarded gates at all times.
Telegram, 8 1/4" x 6"
Evacuations; Military assistance; Military camps; Camps; Refugee camps; War; Japanese; Japanese Americans; World War II (1939-1945); Internment camps; Relocation 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
Little Rock, Pulaski County. (Ark.); Norfork, Baxter County. (Ark.)
Homer Adkins Papers, MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 51
You Fought Prejudice and Won - Japanese-American Internment Camps in Arkansas
Arkansas State Archives
Telegram, Governor Homer M. Adkins to B. Williams, Homer Adkins Papers, MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 51, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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