From Mariana Dale at KJZZ on October 11, 2018, with mention of SABR member Bill Staples Jr.:
It’s impossible to encapsulate this painful, complicated chapter of history in a few minutes of radio or a block of text you can read in a sitting. Instead, here are the perspectives from people that live in our community who have lived through and studied these events.
In 1942, the road became part of the exclusion line. A government created boundary that stretched from Washington to the Arizona-New Mexico border. In the Valley, if you lived north of the line you could stay in your home. If you lived south of it, you likely became one of more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry forced from their homes and stripped of their property and rights following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
There were 10 camps nationwide, including two in Arizona. The Gila River internment camp opened in July 1942 and was home for 13,348 people, mostly from California, at its peak.
Read the full article here: https://kjzz.org/content/708801/qaz-what-history-japanese-internment-camps-arizona
Originally published: October 12, 2018. Last Updated: October 12, 2018.