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Day of Remembrance: Executive Order 9066: Seattle Central Connections

In February 1942, President Roosevelt signed E.O. 9066, mandating 120,000 Japanese-Americans to be imprisoned in camps during WWII. Decades later, in 1988, the order was deemed unconstitutional and belatedly, but dramatically, reversed.

February 19th is the anniversary of the Day of Remembrance, the day in 1942 when Executive Order 9066 requiring the internment of all Americans of Japanese ancestry was issued. Students at the then Broadway High School (BHS) were included in the internees.  Each year, Seattle Central recognizes this significant event and pays tribute to the BHS students.

Day of Remembrance Event Schedule

Tuesday, February 19 – 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 in Broadway Performance Hall

12:00 – at the Tsutakawa Fountain in Atrium

  • Candlelight ceremony and reading of names to honor BHS internees


Wednesday, February 20 – 12:00-12:50 in BE1110

  • COSI presentation The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington by Mayumi Tsutakawa, former SCC faculty member and the daughter of George Tsutakawa, the sculptor who crafted the Tsutakawa fountain in the Atrium. Mayumi will be speaking about her family’s experience and the experience of other Japanese Americans around EO 9066. You can find the details of her session here:

Life & Work of George Tsutakawa

The Fountain in the Atrium was created by George Tsutakawa, a prominent, Seattle-born sculptor of Japanese descent.

Though Tsutakawa himself served in the military during World War II, many of his family members were imprisoned in internment camps.

Today many of his sculptures and fountains are installed throughout Seattle.