Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II

Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II

September 27, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Between 1942 and 1944, thousands of incarcerated Japanese Americans were moved from concentration camps to farm labor camps as a way to mitigate the wartime labor shortage. In the summer of 1942, Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographer Russell Lee documented four such camps in Oregon and Idaho, capturing the laborers’ day-to-day lives in evocative detail. Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II presents a selection of those images, many of which have never before been exhibited.

For more information about this exhibition and related programs, visit janm.org/uprooted.

This exhibition was organized by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.