Slideshow - A Collection of Artifacts from Manzanar

When the Bainbridge Islanders arrived at Manzanar they were placed into Block 3. Blocks 1 and 2 were filled with evacuees from the Los Angeles area who had arrived the week before as part of the Western Defense Command's "voluntary evacuation program." Many of these prisoners were bachelors or heads of households who volunteered to help complete construction of the camp. At it's full capacity Manzanar held over 10,000 prisoners, mostly from the Los Angeles area. The small group of Nikkei from rural Bainbridge Island found themselves surrounded by "city–folk," who were in many ways different from themselves. Further, many Islanders missed their friends and relatives from the Seattle area who were sent to Minidoka in Idaho. In February 1943, almost a year after their arrival, all but five Bainbridge families had successfully petitioned to be moved to Minidoka. The Hayashi, Nakata, Nishimori, Takemoto, and Tonooka families stayed in Manzanar either because they did not want the hassle of moving or had friends and relatives in Manzanar.

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