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#934:  Temporary Detention Camps for Japanese Americans - Pinedale Assembly Center

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Location:

W Alluval Ave, 1 block west of N Ingram Ave, Pinedale

36.844299,-119.804323

 

 

Plaque:

State and Private Plaques (state plaque missing in photo but has been replaced)

Notes:

None


From the Guidebook:

The temporary detention camps (also known as 'assembly centers') represent the first phase of the mass incarceration of 97,785 Californians of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Pursuant to Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, thirteen makeshift detention facilities were constructed at various California racetracks, fairgrounds, and labor camps. These facilities were intended to confine Japanese Americans until more permanent concentration camps, such as those at Manzanar and Tule Lake in California, could be built in isolated areas of the country. Beginning on March 30, 1942, all native-born Americans and long-time legal residents of Japanese ancestry living in California were ordered to surrender themselves for detention.


From the plaque:

This memorial is dedicated to over 4,800 Americans of Japanese ancestry who were confined at the Pinedale Assembly Center from May to July 1942. This was an early phase of the mass incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II pursuant to Executive Order 9066. They were detained without charges, trial or establishment of guilt. May such injustice and suffering never recur.

Plaque placed by California State Parks in cooperation with the City of Fresno, Japanese American Citizens League and the Central California Nikkei Foundation, February 19, 2007.



2009 David Schmitt