"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.

"Evacuation Day" (227)

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Boy looking for name on
img Boy looking for name on "evacuation schedule" (ddr-densho-151-192)
Original caption: Centerville, California. These posters on the outside wall of the Japanese American Citizens League quarters list families of Japanese ancestry names and buses to which they have been assigned for evacuation to the Assembly center. This boy is finding his family place.
Japanese Americans waving goodbye (ddr-densho-151-259)
img Japanese Americans waving goodbye (ddr-densho-151-259)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Inhabitants of the Japanese section wave farewell at the departure of their friends and neighbors whom they are soon to follow to Tanforan Assembly center. This bus contains some of the 660 persons to be evacuated on this day. In three more days these streets will be deserted of persons of ...
Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-457)
img Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-457)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Evacuees at the Wartime Civil Control Administration Control station awaiting evacuation bus for Tanforan Assembly center under Cicilian Exclusion Order Number 28. Woman standing in background is a local Caucasian church worker assisting in the evacuation.
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.
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 ...
Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-104)
img Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-104)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. 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 be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Moving vans being packed with baggage (ddr-densho-151-203)
img Moving vans being packed with baggage (ddr-densho-151-203)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Awaiting evacuation bus, while personal effects are packed aboard moving vans. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-196)
img Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-196)
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. The man in the gray hat is reading a religious book written in Japanese.
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.
Issei woman and children awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-113)
img Issei woman and children awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-113)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Japanese mother, wife of interned Shinto priest with youngest of her nine children who are American born. She has been in in the United States ten years and does not speak English. Within a few days residents of Japanese ancestry will be evacuated to assembly centers and later transferred to War ...
Two pages of newspaper clippings from scrapbook (ddr-densho-72-15)
doc Two pages of newspaper clippings from scrapbook (ddr-densho-72-15)
Newspaper articles, one of which is titled "Portland to Be First Jap-Free City." Newspaper unknown.
Newspaper clipping of photo of mass removal from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-72-16)
doc Newspaper clipping of photo of mass removal from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-72-16)
Newspaper photo of Ikeda family preparing for mass removal. Newspaper unknown.
Kenji Maruko Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1010-8-16)
vh Kenji Maruko Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1010-8-16)
Memories of "evacuation day"; bringing a bicycle to camp

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Masako Yoshida Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-153-12)
vh Masako Yoshida Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-153-12)
The day of mass removal: "we were not to show too much emotion"
Kay Matsuoka Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-48-19)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-48-19)
Memories of "evacuation day": "...Just like these movies when they go to jail, it was just like that"
Martha Nishitani Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-71-14)
vh Martha Nishitani Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-71-14)
Removal from Seattle; "Hundreds of little black heads ... they all looked alike"
Martha Kajiwara interview (ddr-csujad-6-10)
doc Martha Kajiwara interview (ddr-csujad-6-10)
Oral history interview with Martha Kajiwara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KAJIWARA_MARTHA
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