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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

Wednesday, February 19- 12:00pm – at the Tsutakawa Fountain in Atrium

  • Candlelight ceremony and reading of names to honor BHS internees


Thursday, February 20 – 12:00-12:50 in Library Room A

  • COSI presentation Let it Not Happen Again, 

    In March of 1942, 227 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes on Bainbridge Island by the US Army. Starting with this small community, a national strategy began, with more than 120,000 Japanese American men, women, and children forcibly removed and incarcerated during World War II.

    Clarence Moriwaki shares the story of Bainbridge Island—the origin point of the Japanese American exclusion—to provide a human, historical account of this national tragedy, and to ask the question: Are there parallels to what’s happening in America now? Moriwaki uses historical images, including historical and current propaganda, to explore the fear, racism, and failure of political leadership that led to these unconstitutional actions during World War II, and why we must not let it happen again.

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.