75 Years after Japanese American Incarceration February 19, 1942: A Day the Constitution Died Could It Happen Again?
Seventy-five years ago, the lives of more than 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were American citizens, changed forever. On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which set into motion their forced removal from the West Coast and mass incarceration.
On this anniversary, attendees can join local survivors in a day of remembrance and reflect back on this constitutional crisis through a multimedia mix of music, images and readings from the letters and diaries of internees, exploring the question, “Could it happen again?” The event will include a readers’ theater performance directed by Rick Shiomi and narrated by David Mura. Readings will be performed by community members, including Jaylani Hussein, Kathryn Haddad and Mustafa Jumale. The event will also feature drumming by local group Kogen Taiko.
Visitors can also view a one-day exhibit, “Asian Pacific Legal Experience in America: Opportunity, Economics, Racism, and Hope” on the first floor of the museum, provided by the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The exhibit was created by 12 lawyers and explores the legal journey of Asian-Americans throughout U.S. history, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Japanese-American incarceration during WWII and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.
Feb 19, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
This event is FREE, however registration is recommended.
More information can be found at the Minnesota History Center website.