Date Original

1942 August 13


Article about Paul A. Taylor being appointed manager of Jerome Relocation Center by Little Rock's War Relocation Authority administrator, E.B. Whitaker.

Biographical/Historical Note

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9022, creating the War Relocation Authority (WRA). The WRA selected ten sites in which to imprison more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, over two-thirds of whom were American citizens. Two of these centers were in the Arkansas Delta, one at Rohwer in Desha County, and the other at Jerome in sections of Chicot and Drew counties. Over 16,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated in these two centers between October 1942 and November 1945.


Japanese Colony
Managers Named
By E.B. Whitaker


Appointment of Paul A. Taylor,
graduate of the University of Ark-
ansas College of Agriculture as
manager of the Jerome Japanese
Evacuation Center was announced
this week by E.B. Whitaker, reg-
ional director of the War Relocation

Ray D. Johnston, community
manager since 1939 of the Dyes
Rural Rehabilitation Project, will
be manager of the Rohwer Center
according to Mr. Whitaker's an-

The Jerome manager is a native
of Jefferson County, lived his
early life in Watson Chapel, west
of Pine Bluff. After completing his
work at the University of Arkansas,
he took post-graduate courses at
Alabama Polytechnic Institute and
Iowa State. He has served on the
faculties of the University of Ark-
ansas, Alabama Ploy and Iowa
State. He went to Washington in
1931 with the National Resources
Planning Board and has been with
the AAA Resettlement Administra-
tion and the Office of Land Use Co-
origination. For a time he was sta-
tioned at Knoxville, Tenn., as liai-
son officer between FSA and TVA.
He will be transferred from Wash-
ington FRA offices to the Jerome

Also appointed this week was
Dr. J.B. Hunter, Little Rock, as
community service division direc-
tor on the Rohwer project. Dr.
Hunter spent six years in Japan
as a college faculty member and
since returning to Little Rock has
been pastor of the Pulaski Heights
Christian church and a member of
the faculty of the Little Rock Ju-
nior College.

Physical Description



Evacuation of civilians; Military assistance; Military camps; Camps; War; Japanese; Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas; Internment camps; Relocation camps; Jerome Relocation Center (Ark.)


Dermott News

Geographical Area

Dermott, Chicot County (Ark.)




MFILM News 000131, Roll 10

Resource Type



Newspaper microfilm collection: Dermott News, MFILM News 000131


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

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Newspaper article, "Japanese Colony Managers Named By E.B. Whitaker", Newspaper microfilm collection: Dermott News, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Additional Content

Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643; Amon Guy Thompson papers, MG04582-MG04586; Austin Smith papers, 1942-1945, MG04350; Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, MG01299; Community Analysis Reports and Community Analysis Trend Reports of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946, MG03846-MG03847; Japanese Camp papers, MG03848-MG03869



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