Nihonmachi during mass removal

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ddr-densho-36-12 (Legacy UID: denshopd-i36-00012)

Museum of History & Industry Collection

This is a window front in Seattle's Nihonmachi during the mass removal. Once the incarceration became inevitable, "evacuation" sales were commonplace. Japanese Americans, unsure of the future and knowing they could take into the camps only what they could carry, were forced to sell their real and personal property in one week. Many buyers, knowing the difficult situation the Japanese Americans were facing, offered ridiculously low prices for property that had taken the sellers years to acquire.

May 15, 1942


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Museum of History & Industry

Courtesy of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection (number PI-28065), Museum of History & Industry

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