Rohwer in the News

  • Honoring a Leader in Fight for Japanese American redress
    Philadelphia Inquirer article on  Grayce Uyehara, a retired Philadelphia social worker, who helped lead the national grassroots effort to win redress for Japanese Americans. After achieving that singular American victory, Uyehara returned to a quiet life in the suburbs. (Nov. 16, 2013)

Oral Histories and Videos

  • In Their Words: AETN’s WWII Oral History Project
    This website gives information about the Rohwer Internment Camp from the perspective of George Takei, who was at the Camp from 1942-1946.
  • Japanese Internment in America
    This web exclusive History Channel video includes internment camp detainees talking about their experiences at the camp. Includes original footage. (3 minutes long)
  • Exploring the Japanese American Internment through Film & the Internet
    This website is funded by a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP) and presented by the National Asian American Telecommunications Association. The site asks visitors to explore the World War II Internment experience of Japanese Americans though online video and audio clips from films, text, photos, historical documents, and other resources.


  • The Art of Living: Japanese American Creative Experience at Rohwer
    From the Mabel Rose Jamison Vogel/Rosalie Santine Gould Collection, the Butler Center has created a multimedia exhibition titled The Art of Living: Japanese American Creative Experience at Rohwer that showcases art created by internees at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Desha County and tells the story of creativity in the face of dire circumstances. The Art of Living was on display in Concordia Hall in the Arkansas Studies Institute (401 President Clinton Ave.) from September 9 through November 26, 2011.
  • JARDA: Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives
    The Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives provided by the University of California Libraries gives access to narratives, personal stories, photographs, and other primary sources.
  • The Densho Digital Archive (The Japanese Legacy Project)
    The Densho Digital Archive holds more than 750 visual histories (more than 1,500 hours of recorded video interviews) and over 12,000 historic photos, documents, and newspapers. The archive is growing as Densho continues to record life histories and collect images and records. These primary sources document the Japanese American experience from immigration in the early 1900s through redress in the 1980s with a strong focus on the World War II mass incarceration.
  • Life Interrupted
    Life Interrupted is a digital museum dedicated to telling the story of the Japanese American experience in Arkansas. It was created through a partnership between the UALR Public History Program and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.
  • Japanese American Records at the National Archives
    This National Archives topic guide is related to Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.
  • University of Arkansas Guide (History of Land Preservation: Rohwer Cemetery)
    The University of Arkansas Libraries hold hundreds of records that relate to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. By searching the subject terms “Japanese Americans — Evacuation and relocation” in the Library Catalog, you will find more than 100 books, videos, manuscript collections, and government documents in the Library Catalog. The Libraries also provide access to numerous databases that allow you to find a variety of primary and secondary sources covering nearly every aspect of the topic. Please consult the page “Databases and Indexes” in this guide to locate further resources.

Historic Preservation at Rohwer

Student Projects

Related Information

  • Diagram of the Rohwer Japanese American Internment Center
    This diagram was published as part of the Report of the Subcommittee on Japanese War Relocation Centers on May 7, 1943. It shows the locations of residential barracks, the church and shop area, as well as schools.
  • Flicker Images of Rohwer Cemetery 
    This is a link to some images for the Rohwer Cemetery posted as a Flicker Photo Stream.
  •  Rohwer Relocation Center Memorial Cemetery video
    This video was created by CAST at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • Allegiance: A New American Musical
    Allegiance is an epic story of love, war and heroism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II,  following the story of the Kimura family in the weeks and years following Pearl Harbor, as they are relocated from their farm in Salinas, California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the rural plains of Wyoming. (Allegiance website.)

Lesson Plans (The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies)

  • Japanese Americans and the Rowher Relocation Camp (Grades 5-8)
    Students will examine and understand that in extreme cases such as a World War II, fear can override justice. They will review how the Japanese were moved from California and other areas into relocation camps in Arkansas during World War II. They will use resources for a teacher determined task.
  • Under One Flag: A Year at Rohwer   (Grades 9-12)
    The goal of this unit is to introduce students to the concept of the Japanese relocation camps used during World War II in Arkansas. Students will organize information.
  • Camp Nine: A Novel about Japanese Relocation in Arkansas (Grades 9-12)
    The lesson plan utilizes Camp Nine, a novel published in 2011 by the University of Arkansas Press about Japanese relocation in Arkansas during World War II. The novel’s author, Vivienne Schiffer, grew up in Rohwer, the location of the Japanese Relocation Center and the basis for the fictional Camp Nine. Students will not only study this era of Arkansas and United States history but they will review primary source materials such as digital oral histories, authoritative online encyclopedia articles, and a recorded lecture by the author.

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