1943 April 03
Governor Adkins had asked Attorney P.A. Lasley to review the Notice of Jurisdiction filed by Dillon Seymour Myer, War Relocation Authority Director (W.R.A.) claiming jurisdiction over land. In this letter, Lasley states that he is of the opinion that the Governor should sign the documents and concede authority and responsibility of the land occupied by the W.R.A. to the Federal government.
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. P.A. Lasley was an attorney in Little Rock, with the firm Lasley, Spitzberg, Mitchell and Hays. Today that firm is called Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C and is located in the Mitchell Williams building in Rogers.
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; Law & legal affairs; Employment
Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)
MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 81
Homer M. Adkins papers, MS.000404
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Letter, P.A. Lasley 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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