Date Original

1942 August 20


Newspaper article discussing the Dermott Rotary Club's proposal to name the Jerome Relocation Center "Denson" in honor the Reverend Nick Denson.

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.


Rotary Proposes
Naming Jap [sic] Camp
For Rev. Denson

A resolution requesting the War
Department to designate the Jerome
Japanese Evacuation Center as
Camp Denson in honor of the late
Rev. Nick Denson was adopted by
the Rotary Club Tuesday. Rev. Den-
son was the founder of the Dermott
Baptist church and a prominent
citizens [sic] of Southeast Arkansas for
many years.

He was a Confederate soldier and
following the war, preached in Bap-
tist churches here and at Jerome
and many other points in this sec-

He died about 10 years ago. He
has two daughters and a son living
and one step-daughter, Mrs. C.F.
Skipper of Dermott.

His children are Mrs. W.B. Das-
tel of Little Rock; Mrs. D.W.
Clements of Banks and W.A. Den-
son of Warren.

Congressmen Oren Harris and
Congressmen Norrell requested the
local club to suggest a name for
the camp.


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

Recommended Citation

Newspaper article, "Rotary Proposes Naming Jap [sic] Camp for Rev. Denson", 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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