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February 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a document that President Roosevelt signed in 1942, two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The order resulted in the imprisonment of 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals in prison camps across the country, many being relocated far from home.
Some 40 years later, the U.S. Congress formally recognized that the rights of the Japanese American community had been violated. President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, providing an apology and restitution to the living Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II.
The exhibition explores this history through the Executive Order 9066 document on loan from the US National Archives as well as other objects and documents.
In this live video, we will ask museum experts Jennifer Jones and Noriko Sanefuji about the exhibition, which opened last week. Jennifer will share an overview of the history while Noriko will highlight personal stories of people of Japanese descent who lived in the camps or served in the military. Susan Evans, director of programs and audience engagement, will moderate the video tour. If you leave your questions in the comments section, we’ll save some time to answer a few.
The exhibition will be open for about a year and is located here at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
Learn more about the exhibition on our website: http://s.si.edu/2lIpHYI