Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Executive Director Priscilla Ouchida met with Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History John Gray to sign an agreement for JACL to collaborate with the Museum on a 2017 exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066.
Signed by President Roosevelt in 1942, Executive Order 9066 led to the incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. The exhibition will feature original objects and documents and will explore how the Executive Order shaped the lives of Japanese Americans during the war and its continued resonance throughout the community. Set to be displayed in the Museum’s Albert H. Small Documents Gallery, the exhibition is scheduled to debut on February 19, 2017 and will remain on view through November 2017. (end)