1942 October 21
Telegram from Governor Homer Adkins to Dillon Meyer with the War Relocation Authority asking him if the WRA is considering allowing Japanese Americans to work outside the camps in Arkansas and reminding him that they agreed to never allow Japanese Americans to work or leave the camps without a military guard.
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. Dillon Myer was the director of the War Relocation Authority (WRA) from 1942-1946. The WRA was responsible for the forced removal and detention of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Telegram, 8.25" x 6"
Adkins, Homer Martin, 1890-1964; 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; Work camps; Employment
Adkins, Homer M.
Washington, D.C.; Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)
MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 41
Homer M. Adkins papers, MS.000404
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Telegram, Governor Homer M. Adkins to Dillon Meyer, Homer M. Adkins papers, 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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