1943 March 12
Dillon Seymour Myer, War Relocation Authority (W.R.A.) director, filed a notice with the Governor's office compelling the State of Arkansas to comply with the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section B, paragraph 17, as well as the Revised Statutes, Section 355 40, United States Code, Section 255. These state that the Federal government has the authority and the jurisdiction to hire and license physicians, surgeons and practitioners of other professions to work for the W.R.A. or any organization sponsored by the W.R.A.
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 second War Relocation Authority director. He replaced Milton Eisenhower, serving from 1942 until 1946.
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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; Law & legal affairs; Laws
Myer, Dillon Seymour
Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.); Washington, District of Columbia
MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 76
Homer M. Adkins papers, MS.000404
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Notice of Jurisdiction filed by Dillon Seymour Myer, War Relocation Authority director, to Governor Homer M. Adkins, 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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