Date Original

1943 February 18


This article discusses Homer Adkins signing the 1943 Arkansas State Act to outlaw Japanese land ownership in the state.

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.


New Law Will
Prevent Japs From
Owning Land Here

A bill was signed this week by
Gov. Homer Adkins which prevents
Japanese and their descendants, re-
gardless of citizenship, from owning
land in Arkansas. The governor put
his signature on the new law with-
out comment.

The bill was aimed at the several
thousand West Coast and Hawai-
ian Japanese whoa re now settled
in the Relocation Centers at Jerome
and Rohwer. It was written by Sen.
Frank Williams, Osceola.

The author of the bill said he
wanted to make sure, "that no Jap-
anese can stay in this state," and
charged that "on account of the
standards of living of the Japanese
people, a white person cannot
profitably compete with them in
agriculture or business."

His bill also provides that per-
sons of Japanese birth of ancestry
cannot rent land in the state for
more than one year.

Physical Description



Adkins, Homer Martin, 1890-1964; Evacuation of civilians; Military assistance; Military camps; Camps; War; Japanese; Japanese; Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas; Internment camps; Relocation camps


Dermott News

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski 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, "New Law Will Prevent Japs [sic] From Owning Land Here", 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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