1964 May 28
This letter from Mike Masaoka with the Japanese American Citizens League is informing Dr. Joseph Hunter from the First Christian Church in Massachusetts, that the Acting Assistant Director of the National Park Service decided that the Rohwer Center Cemetery and the Nisei GI Memorial did not fit the criteria for a National Park.
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.
Letter, 8" x 10"
Japanese; Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas; Cemeteries; National parks & reserves; Memorial works; Internment Camps
Masaoka, Mike, 1915-1991
Washington, District of Columbia; Worcester, Worcester County (Mass.)
MS.000119, Box 1, Folder 3, Item 13
Joseph Boone Hunter collection, MS.000119
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Letter, Mike Masaoka to Dr. Joseph B. Hunter, 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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