• 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

Click here for a video of George Takei's remarks at the dedication of interpretive exhibits at the Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center in April 2013.


Rohwer Today

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Today the site of the original camp is in agricultural production., with only the cemetery and a smokestack remaining. Click here for an introduction to what remains.


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.


Conversations with Former Internees

Listen to the experiences of former internees in their own words...



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