The Alphawood Gallery, in partnership with the Japanese American Service Committee, presents the largest exhibition on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and postwar resettlement to ever open in the Midwest region. Then They Came for Me examines an episode in U.S. history when the government incarcerated 120,000 citizens and legal residents during World War II. Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, set in motion the removal and imprisonment of all people of Japanese ancestry living on or near the West Coast. During this 75th anniversary year of Executive Order 9066, we look back at these events to learn lessons for our present and future in the face of new challenges created in today's society.
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