1943 June 9
Edward Meeman, editor for the Memphis Press-Scimitar, writes to Governor Adkins asking if the Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) could hire a young woman from the Japanese interment camp by the name of June Yamagachi because the Y.W.C.A. was having a hard time finding a teacher for their camp in Hardy, Arkansas, for their arts and crafts department.
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. The Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) is an organization that advocates for women's leadership, peace, human rights, and Christian values. The organization worked on behalf of interned Japanese-American women and girls during World War II and after.
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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; labor; Employment
Meeman, Edward J.
Memphis, Shelby County (Tenn.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)
MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 86
Homer M. Adkins papers, MS.000404
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Letter, Edward J. Meeman 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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