This year, 2017, marks the 75th year of Executive Order 9066 which forcibly removed and incarcerated over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. From April to September in 1942, the Washington State Fairgrounds was a temporary detention facility for over 7600 Japanese and Japanese Americans from Alaska, Seattle, Fife, and rural areas of Pierce County,
From September 2nd through the 24th, the Puyallup Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) brings together, not only the Japanese American community but fair attendees and the local community at-large. A new plaque describing the “Harmony” sculpture has been installed inside the Gold Gate. Inside the fair museum are displays and photographs. You can experience interactive replicas of the living conditions and participate in hands-on activities. The video, “The Silent Fair” can be viewed, as well as, the banners with over 7600 names of those imprisoned on the fairgrounds.
The theme of this remembrance:
Remember those imprisoned in the Puyallup Assembly Center;
Honor and acknowledge the survivors;
Educate the public and all who visit the fair.
We invite you to demonstrate your support of this program by becoming a donor.You name will be listed on the Puyallup Valley JACL website and newsletter.
Make checks payable to Japanese American Citizens League
Memo area: 75th Remembrance
Send to: Puyallup Valley JACL
c/o Eileen Yamada Lamphere
11415 SE 234th Place
Kent, WA 98031
Thank you for your support of this event and future activities.