Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties
June 29 - November 19, 2017
Then They Came for Me examines a dark episode in U.S. history when, in the name of national security, the government incarcerated 120,000 citizens and legal residents during World War II without due process or other constitutional protections to which they were entitled. Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, set in motion the forced removal and imprisonment of all people of Japanese ancestry living on or near the West Coast. Through an exploration of photographs by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Toyo Miyatake, archival materials, artifacts and extensive programming, Then They Came for Me invites comparisons between this difficult chapter in America’s past and current political events. The exhibition was organized by Alphawood Gallery in collaboration with the Japanese American Service Committee.