1943 March 09
Governor Adkins is writing to acknowledge a letter written by F.J. Venner of the Winters Handle Company. Adkins informs Venner that the State Director of the War Relocation Center, E.B. Whitaker, is in charge of the interned Japanese Americans in Arkansas. He states that the position of the Governor's Office is that all internees remain in the camps at all times and that he has no knowledge of any Japanese Americans working outside the camps in Arkansas.
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 Japanese Americans, over two-thirds of whom were American citizens. Two of these centers where in the Arkansas Delta, one at Rohwer in Desha County, and the other at Jerome in sections of Chicot and Drew counties. These camps were open from October, 1942, to November, 1945, with over 16,000 Japanese Americans having been incarcerated during that period.
Letter, 8" x 10"
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; Employment
Adkins, Homer M.
Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)
MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 73
Homer M. Adkins papers, MS.000404
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Letter, Governor Homer Adkins to F.J. Venner, Winters Handle Company, 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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