Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

47.61434,-122.510264



In 1942, the first group of Japanese and Japanese-Americans to be interned under United States Executive Order #9066 was brought to what is now Pritchard Park and forced into boats that would carry them away from their home on Bainbridge Island. In 1998, the Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Council (BIJAC) partnered with the Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Interfaith Council to create a memorial to the Bainbridge Island citizens who were incarcerated during World War II. The memorial at Pritchard Park will serve as a reminder to “let it not happen again” – the message of BIJAC and incarceration education programs on Bainbridge Island.

The memorial honors those who suffered this injustice and the friends and neighbors who stood beside them and welcomed them back. Recently designated a satellite of the Minidoka National Historic Site in Jerome County, Idaho, the Bainbridge Island memorial will preserve this history.