Program Remembers 75th Anniversary of Japanese-American Incarceration During WWII

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Release dated: 
January 19, 2017
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: 75th Anniversary of the Japanese-American Incarceration
Location: Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
Date: Sunday, February 19
Time: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free, registration recommended

Program Remembers 75th Anniversary of Japanese-American Incarceration During WWII

On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, beginning the incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were U.S. citizens, during World War II. On Sunday, February 19, the 75th anniversary of the executive order, visitors to the Minnesota History Center can attend a program remembering this painful chapter in American history and reflect on the question: “Could this happen again?”

This event, created in partnership with the Twin Cities chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, will feature local survivors, theater readings from internees’ letters and diaries directed by Rick Shiomi, music from Kogen Taiko and more.

Attendees can also view the one-day exhibit “Asian Pacific Legal Experience in America: Opportunity, Economics, Racism and Hope” exploring the legal journey of Asian-Americans throughout U.S. history. The exhibit is provided by the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

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