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Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
+1 206-855-9038
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A Poingant reminder of a dark time in our history

In a simple, elegant way this memorial captures the shame of the internment of the Jaapanes... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Flowbleu
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
Reflective Memorial in Beautiful Setting

It is rare that we have opportunity to experience such a painful policy of our history, in such a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
chrislight60
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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A unique National Historic Site inspired to represent the waves of time passing, the sinuous, curving Memorial Wall is built on the historic Eagledale Ferry dock landing site where the first of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans - two/thirds of them U.S. citizens - were banished from their West Coast homes and placed in concentration camps during World War II.On March 30, 1942 - with only six days notice and only allowed to bring what they could carry or wear - 227 Bainbridge Island men, women and children were forcibly removed by bayonet-armed U.S. Army soldiers. They were the first mass community to arrive at the Manzanar concentration camp in California and later most were assigned to the last barracks at the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho, becoming the emblematic bookends of the Japanese American incarceration story.The 276-foot long contemplative Memorial Wall of old-growth red cedar, granite and basalt honors the names of all 276 Japanese Americans at the start of WWII who were exiled from Bainbridge Island by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 and Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1. It also honors the unique legacy of a community that stood by their friends and neighbors and welcomed them home. Five large terra cotta friezes along the Memorial wall movingly illustrate this American story of perseverance, patriotism and courage.Guided tours - some with living survivors of the forced removal - are available with a minimum of three weeks notice. Please indicate the size of your group, date, time and expected duration of your visit. As a fully volunteer organization, we will do our best to accommodate requests. The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association (BIJAEMA) is a private non-profit organization that designed and supports the maintenance and operation of the memorial. The memorial is a satellite unit of the Minidoka National Historic Site located at the west end of Pritchard Park co-owned by the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District and the City of Bainbridge Island. These organizations, along with the Bainbridge island Historical Museum, cooperate in partnership with the BIJAEMA in the management of the site.
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4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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Reviewed 6 days ago

In a simple, elegant way this memorial captures the shame of the internment of the Jaapanes Americans during World War II. With vignettes and pictures of children and adults you see the pain inflicted. Seeing the mementos and paper cranes left by family and friends...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

It is rare that we have opportunity to experience such a painful policy of our history, in such a genuinely peaceful manner. The self guided tour allows the visitor to experience the path local Japanese American families took as they were forced into relocation from...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family stopped here after visiting the Bainbridge Historical Museum. This exhibit is entirely outdoor, with placards at different stations along the path to read. Quite an amazing display of racism in the 1940s.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

This site covers a part of history that most might like to forget. Displays provide information about events that impacted Japanese residents of Bainbridge Island. I would recommend taking the short drive if you are interested in WW II history.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

This small but well maintained place of history is tucked away in a corner of the island. We opted to make a brief stop after having read about it on TA. We were glad to have done it to learn about the shameful part of...More

1  Thank Brian R
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

We visited the memorial this look weekend on the Presidents day. It was very sad to walk down the same path where Americans were sent to camps due to how they looked. Hopefully this is never repeated again.

1  Thank Abhinaba
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

We must never forget. Bainbridge was the first location where Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II. It was unjust to say the least. This is a wonderful memorial to help understand our history and heal the present

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

This is a very moving memorial to local Japanese who were taken from their homes and held in concentration camps during World War II. Besides being in a magnificent setting with mature cedar groves and striking views across the water to Seattle, it is an...More

1  Thank nobadtrips
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

As the child of 2 Pearl Harbor survivors, I found this a moving experience highlighting the injustices done to American citizens in the name of (FALSE) security....a beautiful location and well done monument/park. xoxoxoo

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

My wife and I stopped to visit this memorial on Bainbridge lsland to pay our respects to fellow Americans that were sold out by the US Government. This memorial has special meaning, as my mother's family had settled in the Eagledale area in the 1890's...More

1  Thank kcwebster
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Response from ClarenceMoriwaki | Property representative |
Along with several private taxi companies, Kitsap Transit, our local transit agency, offers B.I. Ride, an on-demand service that offers loops trip around the island to several stops, including the memorial site. Thus, you... More
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30 March 2015|
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The memorial site is free and open from dawn to dusk everyday.
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