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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

a group of Japanese American activists, one person is holding a megaphone. Text over the image reads: 2024 Day of Remembrance, Sunday February 18, 1:00 Puyallup Fairgrounds, 2:30 Northwest Detention Center


2024 Day of Remembrance at Northwest Detention Center

Sunday, February 18, 1:00 – 3:30 pm

1:00 pm Washington State Fairgrounds’ Agriplex (5th St SW, Puyallup, WA 98371)

2:30 pm Northwest Detention Center (1623 E J Street, Tacoma, WA 98421)

February 19, 2024 will mark 82 years since the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forced removal and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. Most Japanese Americans in the Seattle area spent their first few months in detention at the Puyallup Assembly Center, where the Washington State Fairgrounds stand today. The trauma of family separation, child imprisonment, poor sanitation, bad food, inadequate health care, and uncertain futures persists—and continues today at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma. Join us to hear from incarceration survivors past and present as we remember and resist this Day of Remembrance.

Restrooms are available only at the Puyallup event. Dress warmly and feel free to bring signs, tsuru, and noisemakers for the Tacoma portion of the event.

Organized by: Tsuru for Solidarity, La Resistencia, Puyallup and Seattle chapters of the JACL, Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee, and Densho.

For questions:

#shutdownNWDC #FreeThemAll

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.