"Evacuation Day"

On the appointed "evacuation day," thousands of Japanese Americans gathered at designated locations, with the numbered identification tags they had been issued tied to their coats. Watched by curious onlookers, they were met by armed soldiers and transported in buses, private cars, and trains to sixteen temporary "assembly centers" in California, Washington, Oregon, and Arizona.

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Family leaving home on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-151-182)
img Family leaving home on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-151-182)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Members of farming families are pictured as they left for Centerville, one mile away, to board evacuation bus. These women worked at so-called "stoop labor", chiefly cultivating tomatoes. Farmers and other evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend ...
Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-101)
img Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-101)
Original caption: San Francisco. Early comers arrive with personal effects at 2020 Van Ness Avenue as part of the contingent of 664 residents of Japanese ancestry, first to be evacuated from San Francisco on April 6, 1942. Evacuees will housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-199)
img Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-199)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Farm families of Japanese ancestry awaiting the evacuation buses which will take them to the Tanforan Assembly center along with 595 others evacuated from this district under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 34.
Issei woman standing near
img Issei woman standing near "evacuation schedule" (ddr-densho-151-189)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Awaiting evacuation bus. Posters in Background list of families, buses to which they are assigned, and departure times. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Nisei girls waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-236)
img Nisei girls waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-236)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Girls of Japanese ancestry have just sighted a Greyhound bus which will take them to an Assembly center.
Nisei man with baggage (ddr-densho-151-170)
img Nisei man with baggage (ddr-densho-151-170)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Eddie Nomura, president of the senior class in the Hayward High School, reads magazine article "The Date of Hitler's Fall", as he awaits evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will behoused in War Relocation Authroity centers for the duration.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-41)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-41)
Original WRA caption: Oakland, California. View from window of the Wartime Civil Control Administration station. Moving vans are taking baggage belonging to evacuees of Japanese ancestry to the Assembly Center.
Wartime Civil Control Administration office (ddr-densho-151-286)
img Wartime Civil Control Administration office (ddr-densho-151-286)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Entrance to American Legion Hall, now used by Wartime Civil Control Administration. Here persons of Japanese ancestry come to receive necessary assistance in the final arrangement of their affairs. There were aproximately 450 persons evacuated from this area by train on the morning of this day. On the following morning the remaining ...
Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-195)
img Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-195)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry waiting in front of the Japanese American Citizens League quarters for evacuation buses which will take them to the Tanforan Assembly center.
Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-451)
img Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-451)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Writing a letter to a brother in Texas as an evacuee family awaits evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Issei woman waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-193)
img Issei woman waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-193)
Original caption: Centerville, California. This farm mother of Japanese ancestry is awaiting the evacuation buses which will take her and 595 others from this district to the Tanforan Assembly center.
Issei couple waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-190)
img Issei couple waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-190)
Original caption: Centerville, California. This farming couple awaits evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Mother with two young children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-200)
img Mother with two young children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-200)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Members of farm family await evacuation bus. In March they came from Santa Barbara County to Alameda County, so that all members of the family could be evacuated together. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese American family waiting for train (ddr-densho-151-288)
img Japanese American family waiting for train (ddr-densho-151-288)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Families of Japanese ancestry with their baggage at railroad station awaiting the arrival of special train which will take them to the Merced Assembly center, 125 miles away.
Grandfather waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-46)
img Grandfather waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-46)
Original WRA caption: Hayward, California. Grandfather of Japanese ancestry waiting at local park for the arrival of evacuation bus which will take him and other evacuees to the Tanforan Assembly Center. He was engaged in the cleaning and Dyeing business in Hayward for many years.
Family waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-198)
img Family waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-198)
Original caption: Centerville, California. A farming family awaits evacuation bus. Farmers an other evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Nisei girls waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-184)
img Nisei girls waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-184)
Original caption: Centerville, California. School girls await evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Issei farmer with baggage (ddr-densho-151-453)
img Issei farmer with baggage (ddr-densho-151-453)
Original caption: Centerville, California. This farmer rearranges his personal effects as he awaits evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for duration.
Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-120)
img Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-120)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Evacuees of Japanese descent among a contingent of 664, first to be removed from San Francisco, awaiting buses at 2020 Van Ness Avenue to transport them to Santa Anita Park assembly center at Arcadia, California. Evacuees are transported later to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Issei man boarding bus (ddr-densho-151-186)
img Issei man boarding bus (ddr-densho-151-186)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Irrigator, who, with 595 persons of Japanese ancestry, is leaving this rural district this morning for an assembly center under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 34.
Issei man boarding the bus (ddr-densho-151-108)
img Issei man boarding the bus (ddr-densho-151-108)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Just about to step into the bus for the Assembly center.
Japanese American man showing
img Japanese American man showing "evacuation tag" (ddr-densho-151-172)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Farmer of Japanese ancestry is showing his identification card to a Wartime Civil Control Administration Control Dispatcher as he is about to board the special bus for Tanforan Assembly center.
Two friends awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-114)
img Two friends awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-114)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Two friends play final game while awaiting evacuation. Evacuees of Japanese descent are being housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-49)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-49)
Original WRA caption: Woodland, Yolo County, California. Ten cars of evacuees of Japanese ancestry are now aboard and the doors are closed. Their Caucasian friends and the staff of the Wartime Civil Control Administration stations are watching the departure from the platform. Evacuees are leaving their homes and ranches, in a rich agricultural district, bound for ...
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