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Rohwer camp photo exhibit rescheduled

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published March 16, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

Arkansas State University has rescheduled a one-day exhibition of photos from the Rohwer Japanese-American internment camp after weather forced the cancellation of a March viewing.

Originally set for March 6, icy roads forced officials to postpone the event, which is now set for 2-5 p.m. April 2 in the Wilson Hall Auditorium, at 2405 Aggie Way on the Jonesboro campus.

Organizers say some of the 200 black-and-white photos will be going on public view for the first time. The photographs depict camp life and artists among its residents at work. The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in Little Rock earlier hosted an exhibition of artwork created by Japanese-Americans who were held at the camp in southeast Arkansas.

Professor Sarah Wilkerson Freeman and ASU history students will be on hand to discuss their research on the affected families.

The camp, located in Desha County in southeast Arkansas, was one of two in Arkansas and held more than 8,000 people after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 of Feb. 19, 1942, required their internment. Rohwer was the easternmost internment campsite of the 10 in the United States.

The event is free and public. More information is available by calling (870) 972-2227or by e-mailing sarahwf@astate.edu.

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