Densho Digital Archive
Japanese American Museum of San Jose Collection
Title: James Sakamoto Interview
Narrator: James Sakamoto
Interviewer: Ann Muto
Location: San Jose, California
Date: October 18, 2004
Densho ID: denshovh-sjames-01-0008

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AM: Which assembly center were they sent to?

JS: We were in the Stockton Assembly Center.

AM: And that was in...

JS: That was the Stockton Fairgrounds that...

AM: Right.

JS: ...that's where they built all these barracks in the horse stables there.

AM: Were they still building those when your family moved in?

JS: No, well, they, they just, that's all it was, was cement floors and tarpaper barracks, that's about it. Nothing, nothing on top, it was wide open on top, so you could hear all the way down. It was only, the top was all open.

AM: Right. So the wall went up so high, but then everything else, the rafters were open.

JS: Only so high, yeah, you could hear everybody on the other end.

AM: And that was in April of 1942?

JS: April of... no, April of 1942, yeah.

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