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JACL to Collaborate With Smithsonian for E.O. 9066 Exhibition in 2017

By May 5, 2015No Comments

The Smithsonian’s John Gray and JACL’s Priscilla Ouchida sign an agreement for a 2017 exhibition commemorating Executive Order 9066. Photo: Craig Shimizu

By JACL Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — JACL Executive Director Priscilla Ouchida met with John Gray, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, on April 24 to sign an agreement for JACL to collaborate with the museum on a 2017 exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066.

Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942, E.O. 9066 led to the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

The exhibition will feature original objects and documents and will explore how E.O. 9066 shaped the lives of Japanese Americans during the war and its continued resonance throughout the community.

Set to be displayed in the Smithsonian’s Albert H. Small Documents Gallery, the exhibition is scheduled to debut on Feb. 19, 2017, and will remain on view through November of that year.