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Architecture of Internment – The Build Up to Wartime Incarceration
March 13 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The traveling exhibit highlights the role of Oregonians in the decision to incarcerate 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, of whom more than two-thirds were U.S. citizens. The display includes documents from 1941 and 1942 advocating for the exclusion and incarceration of Oregonian Japanese Americans, blueprints of potential assembly centers and internment camp locations such as racetracks and fairgrounds, and letters from Japanese Americans expressing their outrage about the injustice of internment.
A series of events will accompany the exhibit, starting on Tuesday, March 13, with a presentation by Lawson Inada, a jazz musician, professor and poet laureate of Oregon who was an interned at the age of four. On Monday, March 19, a Lane County Dreamer, Jesus Narvaez, will speak and Mansoor Shams, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran will answer questions by live Skype chat, highlighting the connections between the exhibit and the current political moment. At the final event on Thursday, March 29, the documentary “Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” will be shown, followed by a talk with the film’s director, Holly Yasui. All events will run from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
For more information about our Cottage Grove series of events around the exhibit, see: http://www.cottagegrove.org/library/page/architecture-internment-buildup-wartime-incarceration
For more information about the exhibit itself, see: https://www.grahamstreetproductions.com/exhibit/