Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. Through mural type sculptures mounted to the wall, visitors follow the story of a community who’s strength and perseverance—both those exiled and their island neighbors—brings awareness of the powerful capacity of human beings and a nation to heal, forgive and care for one another. • NPS Photo/ W Bressle

The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial wall winds solemnly down to the historic Eagledale ferry dock landing site, where the first of more than 120,000 Japanese—two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were banished from their West Coast homes and placed in concentration camps during World War II. The memorial is a reminder—“Nidoto Nai Yoni” (Let it Not Happen Again)—of what happened on March 30, 1942.

Built of old-growth red cedar, granite and basalt, the wall honors the names of all 276 Japanese Americans who were exiled from Bainbridge Island by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 and Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1. It also celebrates this island community, which defended its Japanese-American friends and neighbors, supported them while they were away, and welcomed them home.

The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial in Washington State is a non-fee park, and is accessible via a short ferry ride from Seattle.

The memorial is located at Pritchard Park—4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. The park is open year round during daylight hours. The memorial is staffed by a Park Ranger each weekend during the summer months.

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