Lacey Museum features a new exhibit on Japanese Americans during World War II


Titled “Righting a Wrong”, the Lacey Museum features a new exhibit that highlights the experiences of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II.

With the new exhibit, the photos provide an insight into the impact that Executive Order 9066, issued Feb. 19, 1942, had on Japanese Americans following the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

The order forced innocent Japanese-American families out of their homes and businesses and transferred them to poorly built camps, most without sufficient heating, food, and clothing. They were also subject to constant military watch. The exhibit features stories such as the Mochida family who had to leave their two-acre nursery and greenhouse operation in California.

40 years later, the photos aim to educate and allow the country to confront the wrong that it had done.

After being closed to the public for most of the pandemic, The Lacey Museum is now open Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

UPDATE 11/29/21: This story was modified to add a map and address to the Lacey Museum.


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