• Boys playing marbles. The boy on the left is Chuck Koyanagi.
  • Sent away from their homes
  • Forced out of business
  • Moved from California to Arkansas
  • Entrance to the Relocation Center
  • The bonds of family
  • Taught by local teachers
  • Life at the Relocation Center
  • Life at the Relocation Center

The Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center in Arkansas is largely lost to history.  Between 1942 and 1945, up to 8,000 Japanese Americans were interned at Rohwer—a 500-acre camp surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards.  Although most physical remains have been wiped from the landscape, important stories remain to be shared.

Dedicatory Remarks

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On April 13, 2013, new interpretive exhibits were dedicated at the Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center, in conjunction with the opening of the WWII Japanese American Internment Museum in McGehee, Arkansas. A video of George Takei’s remarks at the Rohwer site can be seen here.

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Virtual Tour

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Today the corn fields at the site cover the site of the original camp barracks. This illustration of one of the barracks provides a look back in time. When the corn is harvested, panoramic images of the site will be added so that online visitors can see the site as it is today.

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School Group Tours

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Explore this little-known history with your students. Here's what you need to know to bring your class to the former internment camp site.

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George Takei Interview

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CBS Sunday Morning interviewed George Takei about his time as a child at the Rohwer camp. Watch the segment.

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