BIJAC Mission Statement
To preserve the history and culture of Japanese Americans of Bainbridge Island and support education and community outreach that fosters a deep appreciation for diversity, justice, and the need for vigilant protection of our civil and constitutional rights.
(LEFT) Showing Patriotism During Forced Removal — Hiro Hayashida, age 3, waves a small American flag while his mother and sisters show the peace symbol out the window of the train while being evacuated to Manzanar Assembly Center, California. Coleman dock, Seattle, WA, March 30, 1942. Left to right. Back (or top): Yaeko Sakai, Nobuko Hayashida, Yasuko Hayashida. Front: Hiroshi Hayashida, Toyoko Hayashida.
Hayashida. Copyright: Library of Congress
(MIDDLE) Soldier Posts Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1 — A soldier naiis up placards containing Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1 and special instructions to all Japanese residents of Bainbridge Island, telling them exactly how they are to comply with evacuation decree. The exclusion orders were posted on March 24, 1942. The Japanese Americans on Bainbridge Island were evacuated on March 30, 1942, which gave them six days to sell or store their belongings and find caretakers for their farms. Bainbridge Island was the first area evacuated, presumably because of its proximity to the Puget Sound Navy Yard. Copyright: Library of Congress
(RIGHT) Frank Kitamoto and the Traveling Photo Exhibit — Copyright: BIJAC Collection