Architecture of Internment: the Build-up to Wartime Incarceration comes to Lincoln County August 4-18. This is a Graham Street Productions exhibit presented by Lincoln County People Power and Rural Organizing Project. The exhibit will show in Newport, Waldport and Yachats, schedule below.
This powerful exhibit highlights the role of Oregonians in the decision to incarcerate Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants. During World War II, 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were incarcerated, most of them stripped of all their assets – many of their citizenship. On display are personal letters and proclamations from Oregon Governor Sprague in 1941 and 1942, advocating for the separation and incarceration of Oregonian Japanese Americans, as well as blueprints of potential “Assembly Center” and “Relocation Center” places such as race tracks and fairgrounds, and letters from Japanese Americans expressing their outrage about the injustice of incarceration.
Accompanying events include speaker panels, film screenings and the opportunity to discuss, in a respectful and inclusive environment, the relevance of this mostly forgotten curtailing of basic human rights to the similar events of the present times.
This powerful exhibit stands as a stark reminder of what happens when a good but uninformed citizenry stand silent as they collide with an autocratic government. Come and find out how you can be informed, involved, and a strong part of the solution as we watch history repeating itself.
For the full experience, see both films, and hear all of the speakers.
INCARCERATION THEN AND NOW: WHAT CAN WE LEARN?
Featuring The Architecture of Internment: Buildup to Wartime Incarceration
LOCATIONS AND SCHEDULE
NEWPORT, ATONEMENT LUTHERAN CHURCH 2315 North Coast Highway
* August 4,6,7,8, Exhibits 10-5 p.m.
* August 4 2-4 PM; Opening Speakers’ Panel: Rep. David Gomberg & Solea Kabakov, “Immigrant incarceration in Oregon today”
* August 5: Exhibits 12-5 p.m.
NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY, MCENTEE ROOM 35 NW Nye Street
* August 6, 7-9 p.m.
* Film and discussion: 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa Lopez
WALDPORT, MOOSE LODGE 250 NW John Street
* August 13, Exhibits 1-5 p.m.
* August 14, Exhibits 11-7 p.m.
* Film and Discussion: Cats of Mirikitani, 2-4 p.m.
* Japanese Dinner 5-7 p.m. $6.50 per person
* August 15, Exhibits 11-5 p.m. Speakers 2-3:30 p.m.
* Newport residents & siblings Winnie Payne and Earnie Bell share
their experiences living as children in an incarceration camp
YACHATS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 360 7TH Street
* August 16-18 Exhibits 10-5 p.m.
* August 18 2-4 p.m. Film and discussion: 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa Lopez
* August 19 Exhibits 12-5
* August 19 2-4 Closing Speakers’ Panel: Sandy Tsuneyoshi Ph.D. and ACLU spokesperson, “Moving forward: toward a more inclusive Oregon.”
* All speakers’ panels and films followed by discussions.