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Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

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Address: 4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Phone Number: +1 206-855-9038
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A unique National Historic Site inspired to represent the waves of time...

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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A beautiful memorial to a tragic event

A must see for history buffs, those who care about civil rights and those who simply may not be aware of the this sad and very embarrassing event in our nation's history - the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

A must see for history buffs, those who care about civil rights and those who simply may not be aware of the this sad and very embarrassing event in our nation's history - the internment of Japanese American's, during the time of WWII, in the equivalent of concentration camps (without hard labor) on American soil. Hundreds of those interned came... More 

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review

Thank you for your comprehensive, informative and positive review, including suggestions for travel to the Memorial site. We are honored that you are strongly supportive of the message of the memorial, and we also strongly agree with you that visitors should also drop by the excellent Bainbridge Island Historical Museum for deeper historical context about Bainbridge Island. More 

Bainbridge Island
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This memorial is a serene and beautiful walk reminding us how much has changed in 70 years. It is a place that reminds all of us to help and trust our neighbors and friends of all nationalities and backgrounds and place our love and trust in those we know to be good people, rather than to target any group based... More 

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review

Thank you for your thoughtful, heartfelt review and call to action. We are honored that you were moved by your experience and visit. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We spend a few hours here looking at all the names of the Japanese people that were removed from the island at the start of WWII. Built on the same spot where the piers were back then to take them over by boat to Seattle and then off to interment camps. A must visit when on the Island.

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review and positive rating - we are glad that you enjoyed your visit! More 

Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

I visited Bainbridge Island on a one day trip after getting off of a cruise to Alaska in early August. We had a list of things to do on the island, and one was to come to visit the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. Not too many Americans are educated enough on this dark historical part of American history, but a... More 

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review

We are honored that you made a special trip to visit our memorial. Thank you for leaving such a powerful and passionate call to action for telling this sad chapter in American history - we are touched. One minor correction: the Bainbridge Island Japanese American community were the first to be forcibly removed and taken to the Manzanar concentration camp... More 

Bainbridge Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is a must experience for visitors as well as BI residents. We cannot let this history of discrimination pass by unnoticed. I always want to say the person's name, to acknowledge there grief.

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review and your sincere encouragement for others to visit our site. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

And so it should as it commemorates a shameful period in American history where 120,000 of its citizens were illegally detained for more than 3y in WW2. It's not the Killing Fields in Cambodia, but it does represent what can happen when irrational fear takes hold and we do what we seem to be "necessary". We must learn from this... More 

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are honored that you were inspired by your visit to our site. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Every American citizen should be required to visit this evolving national monument which managed by the National Park Service, and has been established to help remind us of what mankind is capable of doing in times of crisis. The removal and interment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II was an atrocity which must never be allowed to... More 

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review

Thank you for your heartfelt and powerful review of the memorial site. We are honored that you enjoyed your visit and were moved by our message. One minor correction - while we are a satellite unit of the Minodoka National Historic Site and they are a valued partner, the memorial is managed and run by the non-profit Bainbridge Island Japanese... More 

Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

This was an interesting and thought provoking memorial that shows the poor treatment given to Japanese Americans. It is quite small and only takes a few minutes to visit.

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the memorial and your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit! More 

Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Did you know that the residents of Bainbridge Island with Japanese ancestry were the first American to be moved from their homes and into Internment Camps? This memorial is dedicated to the roughly 270 residents forced from their homes by the US government during WWII. It is too far to walk here from the center of town, so the awesome... More 

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the memorial and we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Also, we are so glad that you used the Kitsap Transit B.I. Ride, which as you learned is useful to get around our island, which is about the same size as Manhattan. More 

Bainbridge Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This Memorial is very powerful as it displays names of persons whose children are now running their businesses to which their parents returned after World War II. As a resident of Bainbridge Island, I am particularly moved by the fact that when the Japanese/Americans were taken from their homes and businesses that many owned, the remaining non-Japanese folks took care... More 

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review

Thank you for your heartfelt review. We're very pleased that "Islanders" visit the site and, like you, are moved and inspired by the memorial. Thank you! More 

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