DOROTHEA LANGE COLLECTION: “Japanese Internment Camps” (1942)


Following evacuation orders, this store, at 13th and Franklin Streets, was closed. The owner, a University of California graduate of Japanese descent, placed the I AM AN AMERICAN sign on the store front on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.

Photographer: Lange, Dorothea — Oakland, California. 3/13/42

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