Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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About
The Exclusion Memorial sits at the exact location where Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes on Bainbridge Island and exiled to Manzanar concentration camp in the CA desert. Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 paved the way for all West Coast residents of Japanese descent to be evicted to 10 relocation camps during WWII. Bainbridge Islanders were the first to be removed. 227 men, women and children, two-thirds of them American citizens, were given 6 days' notice to abandon their homes, farms, businesses and daily lives and report to the Eagledale Ferry Dock to be transported to an unknown destination. Each person was allowed to bring only what he/she could carry. The Exclusion Memorial honors all 276 Japanese American residents of Bainbridge Island at the time, and explores their unique history before, during and after the war, including the role of a community who stood by their friends and neighbors.
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alohatripper
Honolulu, HI1,547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We had a rare treat in store for us as we gathered for a privately held tour given by the Executive Director, Ellen Sato Faust. Though not originally from the immediate area, she has done her homework to learn about, disseminate to, and advocate for the the mission of the memorial. She has gathered a lot of oral history.
Through her superb interpretation, we were moved about this dark page of the days following Pearl Harbor and the hysteria along the West Coast as the Japanese Americans were rounded up and evacuated to remote, uninhabited areas -- and on very short notice.
Fortunately, these Bainbridge residents wanted in large part to return and start over, or in some cases, continue their lives through the kindness of other residents who cared for their property and paid their property taxes. They were luckier than most.
We certainly felt the time spent here was worthwhile.
Written 9 August 2023
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Ian P
Bainbridge Island, WA89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Sobering reminder of the injustice our society imposed upon American citizens. The memorial is well-designed to give you a chance to learn about the local families and how they were affected.
Parking is dirt/gravel but site feels pretty accessible to all.
Written 19 June 2023
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Jason Hennig
Renton, WA383 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This was a very moving experience. Quiet, reserved, and impactfully done, the design of the memorial reflects the somber reverence with which it was made. It's a good experience, both for education and reminder.
Written 25 April 2023
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Pangaean
San Francisco, CA130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This is a really well done memorial that presents the facts and conveys the experiences of the unjust forced removal of Japanese-American and Japanese Bainbridge islanders, through basic history, personal perspectives, photos, artistic depictions and the design of the memorial itself. It’s a moving remembrance, in a peaceful setting (which only highlights the brutality of removal and internment) with a pace and spareness that creates space for reflection.
Written 29 October 2022
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Joan B
MIDLAND, United States5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
If you'll read the family's stories it could help you imagine the time, even though it truly hurt my heart. Everyone's takeaway will be different no matter your nationality. Overheard one person say that after the bombing of Pearl Harbor the island residents feared that their longtime neighbors and friends could be Japanese spies. Add to this the nearby location of Keyport Naval Torpedo Station AND Bangor Submarine Base might have made the area the next target.
When you get to the end, consider how the sound of your footsteps change, from the gravel to the dock, the sound their last footsteps made when they boarded the boat taking them away from their home.
Written 4 September 2022
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LB595
San Francisco, CA218 contributions
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Sept 2022 • Solo
This memorial is well worth a visit. It explores one of the most inhumane decisions ever made by the US government and the thousands of citizens impacted. The outdoor exhibit is beautifully curated with stories of several Japanese-Americans displaced to horrendous relocation centers and forced to give up their property.

A very moving and educational memorial.
Written 31 August 2022
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kleic
San Antonio, TX1,070 contributions
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Jul 2022
I lived on Bainbridge Island 20 years ago when this memorial was just a dream and was incredibly moved to go back for a visit to the island and see it as a reality. Whoever you are and wherever you're from, the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War 2 is an incredibly important story to learn and share. This beautifully done memorial noting the ferry dock where the very first group was founded up from their own homes and deported and interned in their own country captures very local stories in ways that make this chapter come to life.
Written 14 August 2022
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ProMetalSales
Seattle271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Japanese Citizens suffered the severe pain and indignities of being forced into camps during WWII. Many lost their lands and homes. Bainbridge Island has a lot of history relative to this sad chapter of our country's history and this memorial explains that in a wonderful way honoring the many islanders who were victims. This is a must see if visiting Bainbridge.
Written 30 May 2022
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Celeste D
173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
Very informative and educational. Makes you think of what Japanese Americans went thru. Wished is was bigger and had more to it
Written 10 November 2021
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kyt2013
Houston, TX178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Very moving memorial with personal significance for me. The structure itself is beautiful, & we were lucky enough to be able to hear part of a ranger-led discussion of the events of WWII & the memorial. This was a spur of the moment stop, & we were so glad that we did.
Written 8 September 2021
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