107 NE Monroe Peoria, Illinois 61602-1070

Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience

12/13/18 09:00AM - 06:00PM

Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience - Main Library Gallery

The American government incarcerated Japanese Americans, including those with American citizenship, in concentration camps not long after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. “Loyal” incarcerates were allowed to “resettle” in areas away from the West Coast provided they had employment opportunities. The Midwest was a popular destination, as Japanese Americans encountered, in general, greater kindness and hospitality than they had experienced in the West. Peoria was one such destination that welcomed Japanese Americans into the community, offered employment opportunities, and provided educational resources. Through use of images, audio and interactive elements, Courage and Compassion provides a 360-degree perspective of the WWII experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry while exploring its relevance today. The exhibition honors everyday people in cities and towns across America who rose above the wartime hysteria to recognize Japanese Americans as friends, neighbors and fellow citizens. Courage and Compassion is made possible through a collaboration between Go For Broke National Education Center and select communities across the country. Each community, including Peoria, has researched its local history and provided local content for the exhibit.

Location: Peoria Public Library - Peoria, Illinois
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