The Okano Brothers Cut Rate Store in Los Angeles, 1942 Courtesy of National Archives
The stables just reeked . . . of urine and horse manure. It was so degrading for people to live in those conditions. It’s almost as if you’re not talking about the way Americans treated Americans."
–Ernest Uno, around 1993
The first stops for evacuees were hastily prepared temporary detention centers within the restricted military zones. These were fairgrounds and racetracks where inmates were housed, sometimes in livestock pavilions and horse stalls.
Leaving Bainbridge Island, Washington, 1942 Courtesy of Associated Press
Upon arrival, authorities inspected baggage for contraband such as weapons and liquor, but also shortwave radios and cameras.