1964 April 24
This correspondence is investigating the qualifications needed to adopt a WRA cemetery and memorial monument at Rohwer, Arkansas under the care of the National Park Service. Mike Masaoka is informing Mickey Nakamura, secretary of Rohwer Center Cemetery Association, that a investigator may be calling on him to discuss the project.
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. The Japanese American Citizens League was founded in 1929 by existing Nisei organizations in California and Washington and is the oldest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. Joseph Boone Hunter was born on December 27, 1886, and died in September 1987. His career included teaching in public schools and colleges, serving as an Army chaplain with active foreign service, missionary work in the Far East and Middle East, work in the United States Civil Service, and a score of interim pastorates. In Arkansas, Dr. Hunter served at Rohwer Relocation Camp where he was in charge of the school, hospital, and social welfare, as well as his own church service.
Letter, 8" x 10"
Japanese; Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas; Memorial rites & ceremonies
Masaoka, Mike, 1915-1991
Washington, District of Columbia; Scott, Pulaski County (Ark.); Scott, Lonoke County (Ark.)
MS.000119, Box 1, Folder 3, Item 5, Page 1
Joseph Boone Hunter collection, MS.000119
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Letter, Mike Masaoka to Mickey Nakamura, Joseph Boone Hunter collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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United States History
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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