Righting a Wrong

Japanese Americans and World War II

January 22- April 2, 2022

 

The Branigan Cultural Center is pleased to announce Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that examines the complicated history and impact of Executive Order 9066 that led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor. A coordinating exhibition, Bound in New Mexico, examines the four incarceration camps located in Lordsburg, Santa Fe, Fort Stanton, and Old Raton Ranch in New Mexico.

 Embracing themes that are as relevant today as they were 75 years ago, Righting a Wrong looks at immigration, prejudice, civil rights, heroism, and what it means to be an American. The exhibition explores the complex history through historical images, personal stories, and objects from those incarcerated at the camps.

 Following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan on Dec. 7, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which sent 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals to incarceration camps. From March 1942 to March 1946, ten large, barbed wire-enclosed incarceration camps and dozens of other installations were located west of the Mississippi River. Young and old lived crowded together in the hastily built camps, endured poor living conditions, and were under the constant watch of military guards. While at the same time, brave Japanese American men risked their lives fighting for the United States. 

 Some 40 years later, members of the Japanese American community led the nation to confront the wrong it had done. The U.S. Congress formally recognized that the rights of the Japanese American community had been violated and President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, providing an apology and restitution to the living Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II.

 A coordinating, staff-developed exhibition, Bound in New Mexico, examines the four incarceration camps located in Lordsburg, Santa Fe, Fort Stanton, and Old Raton Ranch in New Mexico.

 

Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II was developed by the National Museum of American History and adapted for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

 

Japanese family portrait in black and white