This exhibit will travel to multiple locations in Oregon and is designed to prompt discussion. One of the sites is the Expo Center in North Portland, once known as the Pacific International Livestock and Exposition Center, modified in 1942 into the Portland Assembly Center. It was one of 16 temporary civilian jails to hold Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals and was hastily repurposed from livestock to human use, with up to 3,676 people housed under one roof. The Assembly Center was in use from May until September 1942 when Japanese Americans were then sent to incarceration camps in Minidoka, Idaho, Tule Lake, California; and Heart Mountain Wyoming.
This project funded by Meyer Memorial Trust and Regional Arts and Culture Counci.