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“Let it Not Happen Again”

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 19 November 2013

This site memorializes the forced removal of Japanese Americans during World War II. You can follow history's path to the ferry landing where on March 30, 1994 the very first community under Exclusion Order #1 were forced to depart their Bainbridge Island home.

We live on Bainbridge so this is a part of our island's history and a sad part of our country's history --- hopefully it will never be repeated. It is an emotional experience to visit the memorial. The visitor center has yet to be constructed, but the path, the exhibits, knowing that these were our island friends and family.....it is haunting. I would highly recommend including a trip to the Bainbridge Island Historical Musuem to this visit!

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Thank you for your passionate and positive review. A minor but important typo correction: The date was March 30,1942, not 1994. (No worries, it usually takes me until May to get the new year right on my checks) :-) Thank you for your support of this important project!

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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Kind of hard to find but it's where it is for a reason. It's where the Japanese American boarded the ferry for their encampment. Pretty walk around the wall through a garden. Free and informative.

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Bainbridge Island and our memorial. Thank you for your positive review, and we hope that you revisit us soon!

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Reviewed 14 September 2013

It is hard to believe that U.S. citizens were given only six days to pack all of their belongings and head off to camps in Death Valley at bayonet point. But that is exactly what FDR ordered during World War II. There is not much to see here yet other than a few photographs and very nicely designed wood wall re-tracing the direction of the pier. I understand that there is a planned re-construction of the pier soon. It is worth coming here just to feel the energy alone. Hopefully, this will make us all remember: "never again.."

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

We thank you for your positive review, and we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the memorial site. Please revisit us, and invite your friends as well!

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Reviewed 1 September 2013

this is a sad part of US History, but this is excellently presented and so well done. We found it to be so interesting.

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the memorial site, and we thank you for your positive review. Please revisit us, and invite your friends as well!

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Reviewed 1 August 2013

This opened only fairly recently, and isn't complete. However, it is most powerful after having visited the more detailed exhibit at the local BI Historical Museum in town. The exclusion memorial is more of a meditative walk with quotes of experiences of local families. Very poignant and it will be more powerful when the names of the families are filled in. My friends, one a high school history teacher, loved it.

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2016

Thank you for visiting the memorial and for your kind review. We are so happy that you also visited out partner, the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, whose mission is to tell the complete story of our island's diverse and rich history, which your friend obviously enjoyed.

We are beginning plans for a new visitors' center, small outdoor amphitheater and representation of the former Eagledale Ferry Dock, so we hope that you'll revisit when those are completed.

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