Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
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A unique National Historic Site inspired to represent the waves of time passing, the sinuous, curving Memorial Wall is built on the historic Eagledale Ferry dock landing site where the first of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans - two/thirds of them U.S. citizens - were banished from their West Coast homes and placed in concentration camps during World War II.On March 30, 1942 - with only six days notice and only allowed to bring what they could carry or wear - 227 Bainbridge Island men, women and children were forcibly removed by bayonet-armed U.S. Army soldiers. They were the first mass community to arrive at the Manzanar concentration camp in California and later most were assigned to the last barracks at the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho, becoming the emblematic bookends of the Japanese American incarceration story.The 276-foot long contemplative Memorial Wall of old-growth red cedar, granite and basalt honors the names of all 276 Japanese Americans at the start of WWII who were exiled from Bainbridge Island by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 and Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1. It also honors the unique legacy of a community that stood by their friends and neighbors and welcomed them home. Five large terra cotta friezes along the Memorial wall movingly illustrate this American story of perseverance, patriotism and courage.Guided tours - some with living survivors of the forced removal - are available with a minimum of three weeks notice. Please indicate the size of your group, date, time and expected duration of your visit. As a fully volunteer organization, we will do our best to accommodate requests. The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association (BIJAEMA) is a private non-profit organization that designed and supports the maintenance and operation of the memorial. The memorial is a satellite unit of the Minidoka National Historic Site located at the west end of Pritchard Park co-owned by the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District and the City of Bainbridge Island. These organizations, along with the Bainbridge island Historical Museum, cooperate in partnership with the BIJAEMA in the management of the site.
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kyt2013
Houston, TX166 contributions
Very moving memorial with personal significance for me. The structure itself is beautiful, & we were lucky enough to be able to hear part of a ranger-led discussion of the events of WWII & the memorial. This was a spur of the moment stop, & we were so glad that we did.
Written September 8, 2021
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Eric G
Port Orchard, WA344 contributions
Family
Not a big place with no artifacts to view but it’s not a museum, just a memorial to remind people what happened. I liked how they provided some follow though on stories and the wood work put into the story panels is impressive. There is some more information on this at the history museum across the water too.
Written April 19, 2021
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ProMetalSales
Seattle267 contributions
Japanese Citizens suffered the severe pain and indignities of being forced into camps during WWII. Many lost their lands and homes. Bainbridge Island has a lot of history relative to this sad chapter of our country's history and this memorial explains that in a wonderful way honoring the many islanders who were victims. This is a must see if visiting Bainbridge.
Written May 30, 2022
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ShortTripAround
Fullerton, CA47 contributions
Family
There are so many places that you should remember and take the opportunity to experience if you are around. It's free and it's something you will remember forever especially if you visit it with someone who is familiar with the history of the Bainbridge Japanese Internment stories and can walk you through it.

We had a special treat and a Museum Docent who lived through this experience also hosted us through the memorial. We will forever appreciate the perspective, personal history lesson, and takeaway...to Let it Not Happen Again.

I fear that it is but we should strive to fight it.
Written July 24, 2018
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Gary R
Seattle, WA241 contributions
Family
It takes about 15 min by bus, but you need to go and learn some of American history. It shows a dark moment in our judgement, but it also shows a bright spot as the government did apologize and desire to make things right. Proud to be an American.

When you go, you need to call the bus and schedule a time for them to come pick you up. Also you can talk a walk on the beach, and view the town of Creosote being cleaned up from toxic waste.
Written February 22, 2015
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Thank you for your kind review, and thank you for mentioning the bus service to the memorial site! For future visitors, here's information about the Kitsap Transit bus service: http://www.kitsaptransit.org/how-to-ride/dial-a-ride
Written February 25, 2015
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Jack98110a
Bainbridge Island, WA61 contributions
Friends
Many people aren't aware that during World War 2 all persons of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated in internment camps for most of the duration of the war. The Japanese people on Bainbridge were the first of about 110,000 people so incarcerated and this memorial is dedicated to them. This is a beautiful memorial to these people. You will need a car, taxi or bus to get to this memorial.
Written November 25, 2013
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Thank you for your supportive and positive review, and for your very thoughtful reminder for visitors and ferry tourists that it's a bit a distance from Winslow. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and encouraging others to visit!
Written July 2, 2014
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Bobby S
Bainbridge Island, WA14 contributions
Family
As the child of 2 Pearl Harbor survivors, I found this a moving experience highlighting the injustices done to American citizens in the name of (FALSE) security....a beautiful location and well done monument/park. xoxoxoo
Written January 23, 2018
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Jay S
Tacoma, WA132 contributions
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This is a small, hidden unit of the National Park Service. Technically this a sub-unit of the Minidoka National Historical Park in Idaho, the site of the ruins of the internment camp that American citizens of Japanese descent were sent after being ripped from their homes, businesses and communities.

This memorial is built on the site of the dock from which the terrible journey began, across Puget Sound to Seattle and then loaded onto trains bound to Idaho. The site was conserved and nurtured by former internees and family members and eventually (after much hard work and lobbying) taken over by the park service.

It is a beautiful mix of memorial, trees and planting seeds. Interpretive signs, art and docents tell the story of this tragic lapse in our national morality. If you care about history- and particularly preventing bad history from repeating- take your kids to see this.
Written April 22, 2016
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Thank you for your thoughtful, heartfelt and complete review and description of the memorial site! [ Would you like to be a tour guide? ;-) ] Just one minor comment - and a positive one - the entire project has been a labor of love, cooperation, and partnership, and the National Park Service is one of our treasured partners, along with the Bainbridge island Japanese American Community, the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District and the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum.
Written May 21, 2016
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Barbara P
Seattle, WA208 contributions
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Heartwarming tribute to the beautiful Japanese American families who were given only a few days to pack and leave their homes on the island and be ferried far away to interment camps. This outdoor museum is tastefully executed and especially poignant considering today’s political situation. Great place for people of all ages and to teach/remember what can happen when we jump to conclusions.
Written July 22, 2018
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Vitarachel
Newport News, VA149 contributions
Family
Did you know that the residents of Bainbridge Island with Japanese ancestry were the first American to be moved from their homes and into Internment Camps? This memorial is dedicated to the roughly 270 residents forced from their homes by the US government during WWII. It is too far to walk here from the center of town, so the awesome woman at the Chamber of Commerce arranged for me to pick up the bus. Riding the bus I got to see that Bainbridge Island is pretty big! Anyhow, this attraction is not yet finished. What is there so far is a monument made of wood, with the names of the residents of the Island who were made to leave by the US Government and put into internment camps. There were also two tags that the government made the people put during their move. There were a few photographs with stories and some paper cranes. There is an office that has some big placards to read, but a woman visiting told me it was only open on the weekends. The plan is to make an interpretive center to go along with the memorial. The monument is very moving and the little information provided is excellent. However, you can easily complete this attraction in 1/2 hour. I'm glad I went, but I did end up sitting and waiting quite a while for the next bus. Very small attraction at this time.
Written August 27, 2016
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Thank you for visiting the memorial and we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Also, we are so glad that you used the Kitsap Transit B.I. Ride, which as you learned is useful to get around our island, which is about the same size as Manhattan.
Written October 19, 2016
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