Date Original

1945 November 08


Postcard from Kinuye in Detroit, Michigan to Hazel Retherford at the Rohwer Relocation Center.

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. 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.


252 - Air View of
General Motors, Fisher Bldg.
and New Center Bldg.,
Detroit, Mich.
<694 Baldwin
Detroit 14, Michigan
Dear Mrs. Retherford,
Reached here safely at
10:45 last night. Weather
isn't too cold as yet
No snow either. Miss
everyone in the camps,
but good to be out. I'll
let you know everything
when I get settled. Thanks
for everything during my
stay there. Will write later.
Mrs. H. Retherford
Relocation Branch
McGehee, Arkansas

Physical Description

Postcard, 3" x 5"


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; Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)



Geographical Area

Detroit, Wayne County (Mich.); McGehee, Desha County (Ark.)




MS.000643, Box 1, Folder 1, Item 5

Resource Type



Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Postcard, Kinuye to Hazel Retherford, Hazel Retherford papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Additional Content

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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Postcard, Kinuye to Hazel Retherford