Recently while driving around on Bainbridge Island, Washington, I visited a memorial site that I was not aware of before. It is the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. Dedicated in 2011, it is a wall paying homage to the American men, women, and children of Japanese descent who were rounded up and forced from their Bainbridge Island homes, put on a ferry to Seattle, and then put on a train bound for remote American concentration camps in the California Sierra Nevada mountains, and later to Idaho. This event happened on March 30, 1942, during WWII. The memorial wall is a beautifully designed wooden structure with names of 276 Japanese Americans and is located on the same grounds that these island citizens were sent off on a ferry across Puget Sound to Seattle. Below are a few snapshots I took of the memorial site.
The memorial site ends at the water’s edge, the same spot where the Japanese Americans were sent off on a ferry to Seattle. You can spot a pair of ferries in the background, docked across the waterway that are in use today.
You can read more on the history of the area and memorial site, along with directions to the memorial site by clicking on the link at the top of this blog.
Photos by Peggy A Thompson