Calif. Historical Society | Day of Remembrance: Executive Order 9066 (Japanese Internment)
On February 23, 2016 the California Historical Society commemorated the Day of Remembrance of February 19th, the anniversary of President Roosevelt’s 1942 Executive Order 9066 which led to the forced incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.
In the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the U.S government acknowledged that “a great injustice was done to both citizens and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry” and that the acts were “motivated largely by racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.” The speakers, all of whom had family members incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz internment camps, shared their personal stories and their current work preserving and sharing this history:
Patrick Hayashi is the former Associate President of the University of California. Pat was born in Topaz and has served as a member of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Fund’s advisory committee.
Dana Ogo Shew is Archaeologist/Oral Historian at Sonoma State University. Her work at Topaz and Amache combines archaeology and oral histories for the preservation of internment history.
The Friends of Topaz introduced the new Topaz Museum in Delta, Utah, opening in 2016.
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