Join us at the Regional History Museum for the opening of Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II.
During the reception, we’ll also launch The Community Library’s 2020 WINTER READ: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II
February 19 marks the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a document that President Roosevelt signed in 1942, two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The order resulted in the imprisonment of 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals in prison camps across the country, many being relocated far from home.
The Righting a Wrong poster exhibition traces the story of Japanese national and Japanese American incarceration during World War II and the people who survived it. Young and old lived crowded together in hastily built camps, endured poor living conditions, and were under the constant watch of military guards for two and a half years. Meanwhile, brave Japanese American men risked their lives fighting for the United States.
Some 40 years later, members of the Japanese American community led the nation to confront the wrong it had done—and urged Congress to make it right. Based on an original exhibition at the National Museum of American History, the Righting a Wrong poster exhibition centers around eight core questions that encourage viewers to engage in a dialogue about how this happened and if it could happen again. Embracing themes that are as relevant today as they were 75 years ago, the poster exhibition brings forth themes of identity, immigration, prejudice, civil rights, courage, and what it means to be an American.
The Righting a Wrong poster exhibit is on display at the Regional History Museum from January 31, 2020 through March 21, 2020, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) program.
The 2020 Winter Read has been generously sponsored by the Spur Community Foundation and Carlyn Ring.