Closed Japanese American store

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ddr-densho-151-43 (Legacy UID: denshopd-i151-00043)

Dorothea Lange Collection

Original WRA caption: Oakland, California. Following evacuation orders, this store, at 13th and Franklin streets, was closed. The owner, a University of California graduate of Japanese descent, placed the "I AM AMERICAN" sign on the store front on Dec. 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.



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