Did the Japanese internment camps during World War II touch your life or the life of someone close to you? We want to hear from you.

The imprisonment of nearly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II remains a dark chapter in American history. On February 19, 1942, amidst increasing anti-Japanese sentiment following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, calling for the relocation and internment of tens of thousands of American citizens and permanent residents from Japan.

Forced to leave behind their homes, possessions, and livelihoods, prisoners were held under armed guard in one of ten “Relocation” camps. Over the next three years, detainees were forced to endure continued hardships and humiliations at the hands of US federal and state officials.

The Botanic Garden of Smith College is currently planning a new exhibit, Uprooted: Gardens of hope and resistance in America’s Japanese internment camps, which explores the gardens designed, implemented, and maintained by prisoners held within the barbed wire confines of America’s ten camps.

As we develop this exhibit, we are reaching out to our community for input and guidance. We are looking for stories, testimonies, and experiences from people who were impacted, directly or indirectly, by the camps. Please consider adding your voice to Uprooted. If you are interested in collaborating further on this exhibit, please let us know by following the link below.

Add my voice to Uprooted