Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial — Origin and Message
In 2000, the Bainbridge Island WWII Nikkei Internment and Exclusion Memorial Committee was formed to create a meaningful and site–specific memorial to honor those who endured years of "immeasurable suffering."
Based on a partnership between the Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Interfaith Council and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC), the committee is guided by a vision for an evocative and contemplative memorial that will have the power to instruct future generations about the injustices of the past and to be forever vigilant about the fragility of assumed rights.
The memorial will commemorate and honor the strength and perseverance of the people involved — both those exiled and their island neighbors — and brings awareness of the powerful capacity of human beings and a nation to heal, forgive and care for one another.
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Sumiko Furuta on Ferry During Removal — Sumiko Furuta looks out the window of the ferry Kehloken while being transported from Bainbridge Island, Washington to the Manzanar Assembly Center, California. March 30, 1942. Copyright: Museum of History and Industry, Seattle Post Intelligencer Collection
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