Tuesday, May 11, 2010
There are 2 Japanese American Relocation camp sites in Arkansas, within 25 miles of each other. We visited both of them today. This is a part of U. S. history that many people don't know about.
Sherm by one of the monuments in Jerome, Arkansas.
Don was very interesting to talk to, concerning the history of these Camps.
We left Jerome, and moved on to Rohwer. Don's parents were sent here in 1942, they met, and Don was born here while they were inturned.
The small cemetery had 25 head stones. These were all Japanese that died here during the Internment.
The Rohwer Camp, where Don was born has a lot of monuments. Very well done.
Many American Japanese were in the military, fighting for America. While their parents were interned in these camps. There were 10 of them in the U.S.
One of the older Monuments.
It was a very emotional day. There is history here that more people should know about.
There were large Oaks planted around the cemetery, probably by the Japanese.
We're getting ready to leave. Don is talking to Leona, his mother, on the cell phone.
Rohwer is a very small community. This is the only store in town, and it's been out of business for a long time. There is a Post Office.
The Post Mistress has been working right here for 38 years. She's 73 years old now, and has lived here all her life. She was her in Rohwer when the Intern Camps were open.
One of the monuments that was made by the inhabitants of the Camp.
These 3 graves are for infants that were born here. They did have a hospital in the camp, where Don was born.
The mighty Mrs. Sippy river, seen through the old bridge railings. The white structure you can see is a new bridge that isn't open yet.
I think this is a Gold Wing Club.
The new Super Sonic Chedder Popper burger. It's stuffed with cheese and Jalapeno Poppers. After visiting both camps, it was 2 PM, a long time since the motel breakfast at 6AM. So, we pulled into the only fast food store in the little town, a Sonic Drive In.
The small town of McGeHee is the nearest town to both the camps. This is a swamp right on the edge of town.
The only sign to let you know you are in Rohwer. The Post Office is the only thing in town that's open.
Don in the Post Office
Don under the spreading Oaks in Rohwer.
The kids of High School age went to school in the Camp, but they received their diplomas under the authority of this School.