1944 April 06
Easter greeting card from Tooru Ochial in Crystal City, Texas, to Hazel Retherford at the Jerome Relocation Camp.
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. Hazel Linam Retherford was born on January 27, 1906. During World War II, she was a teacher at both the Jerome and Rohwer Japanese relocation centers in Arkansas, eventually helping to close both centers. She later went to Washington, District of Columbia, to complete War Relocation Authority records on the camps.
Crystal City Internment Camp
Crystal City, Texas
Mrs. Hazel Ratherford
Jerome Relocation Center
RECEIVED APR 6 1944 W.R.A. DENSON, ARK With Best
A greeting to extend to you
The tidings of good cheer
That gladden Easter and renew
Card and envelope, 6" x 9"
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.)
Crystal City, Zavala County (Texas); Jerome County (Ark.); Drew County (Ark.); Chicot County (Ark.)
MS.000643, Box 1, Folder 1, Item 1
Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Greeting card, Tooru Ochial to Hazel Retherford, Hazel Retherford papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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United States History
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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