WRA War Relocation Centers

Established and run by the War Relocation Authority (WRA), ten "War Relocation Centers," across the United States imprisoned people of Japanese ancestry.

Internment Camps
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Rohwer Center High School

The Résumé : 1944

At first glance, the pages of the 1944 Résumé yearbook make Rohwer Center High School seem like any other high school on the Home Front, rich with student life, activities, victory gardens and dances. In reality, however, the experience of Rohwer Center students couldn’t have been more different.

The school, located at the Rohwer War Relocation Center, was created to educate the children of Japanese American descent who were forced from their homes along the West Coast of the United States and required to live behind barbed wire for the duration of WWII, far from the homes they knew.

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Excelsior Union High School Yearbook

Excelsior Union High School

El Aviador : 1942

Located in Artesia, California, Excelsior Union High School was and is home to an ethnically diverse population, including a substantial Asian American minority. This diversity is reflected in the pages of El Aviador, Excelsior Union’s 1942 yearbook.

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A Challenge to Democracy

Short film produced in 1944 by the War Relocation Authority (WRA)

Capturing Confinement: Image Galleries

This exhibit has been made possible through a gift from The Annenberg Foundation

With additional support from the Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation