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Returning home

When the camps closed, Japanese Americans were handed $25 and put on trains headed for the places they had been forcibly removed from nearly four years earlier. Harassment was common -- many returning Japanese Americans were greeted with signs reading "No Japs Allowed." Other discovered their property had been vandalized or stolen. Homes and businesses that had been boarded up or left in the care of others were abandoned and stripped of furnishings and goods. For the majority, who did not have homes to return to, housing was the most serious problem. Housing discrimination was severe in many areas and persisted to varying degrees until the civil rights legislation of the 1960s. Former camp inmates with no other options moved into hostels and converted community institutions with conditions not much better than the camps they had just left. Although this period was stressful, it is remembered as a time when people came together to share what they had.

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Leaving camp (260)
Returning home (1010)

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Sunday Oregonian article (ddr-densho-35-358)
doc Sunday Oregonian article (ddr-densho-35-358)
Article from scrapbook page titled "Japanese Evacuees: Where Do They Belong."
Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-359)
doc Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-359)
Six articles from the Pacific Citizen and Oregonian, one of which is titled "From Camp to College: 3000 Japanese Americans Have Enrolled in 550 U.S. Schools Since Evacuation."
Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-354)
doc Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-354)
Six articles from the Pacific Citizen, Oregonian, and the Baptist Youth Paper on resettlement of Japanese Americans. One of the articles is titled: "Race Relations Council Sends Officials to Discuss Evacuee Problem with Agency Heads."
Scrapbook page:
doc Scrapbook page: "Citizens' Committee" (ddr-densho-35-383)
Newspaper clippings frim the Minidoka Irrigator, Oregonian, Pacific Citizen, and Oregon Journal.
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-371)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-371)
Newspaper clippings from the Oregon Journal and an advertisement for a mass meeting from the Gresham Outlook.
Scrapbook page:
doc Scrapbook page: "Gresham Area (cont'd)" (ddr-densho-35-372)
Four articles from scrapbook page, one of which is titled: "Stand Taken on Japanese: Several Speak at Gresham Meeting." Newspapers include the Oregonian and Gresham Outlook.
Couple reclaiming property (ddr-densho-36-6)
img Couple reclaiming property (ddr-densho-36-6)
Japanese Americans waiting to reclaim their property after World War II.
Family returning home (ddr-densho-36-54)
img Family returning home (ddr-densho-36-54)
Kametaro Funai (driving the tractor), and his family return home after the incarceration. The man standing on the platform is believed to be Floyd Schmoe, a well-known peace activist. After World War II, Schmoe organized teams of people to help Japanese Americans reestablish their farms. Museum identifying information refers to the group helping Funai as uni …
Scrapbook page:
doc Scrapbook page: "Attitude of the Church" (ddr-densho-35-357)
Various articles from the Oregonian and Oregon Journal, one of which is titled "Gresham Pastors Take Stand on Race Question."
Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-364)
doc Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-364)
Three articles and one photograph on Gresham, Oregon anti-Japanese groups. Newspapers include: Gresham Outlook and Sunday Oregonian.
Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-386)
doc Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-386)
Various articles from the Oregonian and Oregon Journal. From scrapbook page titled: "Expressions of Public Opinion - Examples of Letters Against Japanese Americans."
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-379)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-379)
Various newspaper clippings, one of which is titled: "All Created Equal." From scrapbook page titled: "Some Expressions of Public Opinion on Action of Hood River Legion."
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-380)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-380)
Newspaper clippings from the New York Times, Oregonian, and Oregon Journal, one of which is titled: "All Created Equal." From scrapbook page titled: "Some Expressions of Public Opinion on Action of Hood River Legion."
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-373)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-373)
Various newspaper clippings, one of which is titled: "Gresham Group Begins Coastal Anti-Jap Move."
Japanese Americans leaving camp by bus (ddr-densho-37-783)
img Japanese Americans leaving camp by bus (ddr-densho-37-783)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Aboard the Greyhound bus, which will take them to their former homes in California, these evacuees are anxious to be off. On September 15, two weeks before the Canal Camp at Rivers, Arizona, was to close, only 635 people remained and 370 of these had bus or …
Japanese Americans boarding buses (ddr-densho-37-784)
img Japanese Americans boarding buses (ddr-densho-37-784)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Evacuees returning to their former homes in California by Greyhound bus. On September 15, two weeks before the Canal Camp at Rivers, Arizona, was to close, only 635 people remained and 370 of these had bus or train reservations for the following week (the Canal Camp once …
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