"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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Change of residence notice and travel permit (ddr-densho-287-2)
doc Change of residence notice and travel permit (ddr-densho-287-2)
Molly Kageyama Maeda's change of residence notice and travel permit form for her journey from Hood River, Oregon to Portland Assembly Center.
Japanese Americans waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-105)
img Japanese Americans waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-105)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. With baggage stacked, residents of Japanese ancestry await bus at Wartime Civil Control Administration station, 2020 Van Ness Avenue, as part of the first group of 664 to be evacuated from San Francisco on April 6, 1942. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-449)
img Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-449)
Original caption: Byron, California. As families of Japanese ancestry evacuated from farms in Contra Costa County, they gathered at Wartime Civil Control Administration station and awaited buses for assembly center at Turlock Fairgrounds, 65 miles away. Evacuees will be transferred later from assembly centers to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration. Boy ...
Issei man preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-267)
img Issei man preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-267)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. This evacuee of Japanese ancestry has been checked by officials and is about to board the evacuation bus for an Assembly center.
Two fatherless families awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-112)
img Two fatherless families awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-112)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Families of two Shinto priests who were interned on December 8, 1942, immediately upon declaration of war. The mother at right has nine American born children and has been in the United States ten years. The mother on the left has been in this country two years, and neither speak English ...
Nisei man leaving Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-183)
img Nisei man leaving Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-183)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Harry Konda leaves the quarters of the Japanese American Citizens League of this township for the last time. He is about to board the first bus for the Tanforan Assembly center to which all people of Japanese ancestry of this community are being evacuated on this day. He is wearing his identification ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nisei man and white friend saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-188)
img Nisei man and white friend saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-188)
Original caption: Centerville, California. A caucasian friend has come to say goodbye to his farmer friends of Japanese ancestry prior to their evacuation to an Assembly center.
Issei woman waits with baggage (ddr-densho-151-210)
img Issei woman waits with baggage (ddr-densho-151-210)
Original caption: Centerville, California. This evacuee stands by her baggage as she waits for evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-48)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-48)
Original WRA caption: Oakland, California. Baggage of evacuees of Japanese ancestry piled on the sidewalk. The Greyhound huses will soon arrive to take this baggage as well as the evacuees to the Tanforan Assembly center under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 28.
Two Nisei boys observing mass removal (ddr-densho-151-151)
img Two Nisei boys observing mass removal (ddr-densho-151-151)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. High school boys, on balcony of Japanese American Citizens League at 2031 Bush Street, look down sidewalk where friends boarded evacuation buses. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Young girl with baggage (ddr-densho-151-462)
img Young girl with baggage (ddr-densho-151-462)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Young evacuee of Japanese ancestry guarding the family belongings near the Wartime Civil Control Administration station. In half an hour the evacuation bus will depart for Tanforan Assembly center.
Issei woman and children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-169)
img Issei woman and children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-169)
Original caption: Hayward, California. A mother with her American-born-and-educated children awaiting evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
White townspeople saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-292)
img White townspeople saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-292)
Original caption: Woodland, California. The departure of persons of Japanese ancestry by special train for Merced Assembly center brought many of their Caucasian friends to the station on this morning when they were being evacuated. Woodland is situated in the rich agricultural Sacramento Valley about ten miles northwest of Sacramento, California.
Japanese American families waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-201)
img Japanese American families waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-201)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Members of farm families await evacuation bus. Farmers and other evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
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