On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will open a new photographic exhibition titled “Images of Internment: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.” The collection of more than 200 photographs includes the work of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams. The exhibit opens on February 19 and will be on display in the Library’s William J. vanden Heuvel Gallery through December 31. Regular hours and admission apply.
“Images of Internment” begins with a small document-focused display that briefly introduces the context behind FDR’s decision to issue Executive Order 9066. It includes the role of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who disagreed with FDR’s decision. Visitors then enter the exhibition’s main gallery, where they will encounter over 200 photographs (including some reproduced in dramatically large formats) that provide a visual record of the forced removal of Japanese Americans and their lives inside the restricted world of the remote government camps operated by the War Relocation Authority (WRA).
For additional information, visit www.fdrlibrary.org or call (800) 337-8474. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is located at 4079 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park.