Lessons in History
The Pearl Harbor attack intensified existing hostility towards Japanese Americans. As wartime hysteria mounted, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 forcing over 120,000 West Coast persons of Japanese ancestry (Nikkei) to leave their homes, jobs, and lives behind and move to one of ten Relocation Centers.
This single largest forced relocation in U.S. history is Minidoka's story.
Did You Know?
Between August and September 1942, 7150 Camp Harmony internees were placed on trains and sent to Minidoka. In September, 1,927 internees from the Portland Assembly Center arrived at Minidoka.