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Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
+1 206-855-9038
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Moving Tribute to Japanese locals.

Simple, yet beautifully done memorial. You can read about local families and the impact the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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An important reminder of how even in America, we must be vigilant about civil rights

This small, somber but lovely memorial is a must see. It tells the story of the first deportations... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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A unique National Historic Site inspired to represent the waves of time passing, the sinuous, curving Memorial Wall is built on the historic Eagledale Ferry dock landing site where the first of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans - two/thirds of them U.S. citizens - were banished from their West Coast homes and placed in concentration camps during World War II.On March 30, 1942 - with only six days notice and only allowed to bring what they could carry or wear - 227 Bainbridge Island men, women and children were forcibly removed by bayonet-armed U.S. Army soldiers. They were the first mass community to arrive at the Manzanar concentration camp in California and later most were assigned to the last barracks at the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho, becoming the emblematic bookends of the Japanese American incarceration story.The 276-foot long contemplative Memorial Wall of old-growth red cedar, granite and basalt honors the names of all 276 Japanese Americans at the start of WWII who were exiled from Bainbridge Island by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 and Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1. It also honors the unique legacy of a community that stood by their friends and neighbors and welcomed them home. Five large terra cotta friezes along the Memorial wall movingly illustrate this American story of perseverance, patriotism and courage.Guided tours - some with living survivors of the forced removal - are available with a minimum of three weeks notice. Please indicate the size of your group, date, time and expected duration of your visit. As a fully volunteer organization, we will do our best to accommodate requests. The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association (BIJAEMA) is a private non-profit organization that designed and supports the maintenance and operation of the memorial. The memorial is a satellite unit of the Minidoka National Historic Site located at the west end of Pritchard Park co-owned by the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District and the City of Bainbridge Island. These organizations, along with the Bainbridge island Historical Museum, cooperate in partnership with the BIJAEMA in the management of the site.
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4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simple, yet beautifully done memorial. You can read about local families and the impact the interment had on their lives. Many descendants and some actual detainees still live on the Island and it warms the heart to know some of those have been successful in...More

Thank Cubanlil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small, somber but lovely memorial is a must see. It tells the story of the first deportations of American citizens of Japanese descent as well as some immigrant Japanese during World War II. Just make sure you understand that this could happen again. A...More

Thank yobyot
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Let it not happen again. The site where the first Japanese and Japanese Americans were removed from their homes during WWII by Executive Order 1088. American history, may it never be repeated.

Thank SBrownlow
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Very moving and beautifully designed memorial to this terrible chapter in American history. Looking forward to seeing it again when the site is completed.

Thank Sylvia A
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Although a small site, the exhibit was informative. The Japanese-Americans displayed were all citizens of Bainbridge Island at the time of the internment.

Thank Debbiesgre
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Very touching memorial to the Japanese-American citizens who were forced to leave Bainbridge Island during the war. Not finished yet is an interpretive center and a pier that replicates where the citizens had to leave and say goodbye.

Thank DixieChickTravels
Reviewed 27 July 2017

It's just a wall with different panels of illustrations or artwork. It doesn't really do much to pull the visitor in or to showcase how awful it was for these people. My grandmother immigrated from Funabashi, Japan during the war and this wall doesn't really...More

Thank speralta
Reviewed 20 July 2017

If you visit Bainbridge, and you should, you will first be struck by the coffee-house-chic waterfront tourist town of Winslow. But scratch the surface even a little and you'll see the zen side of Bainbridge - the woods, the paths, the walks and the places...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This was a beautiful little memorial that talks about the internment of the those of Japanese descent that lived and worked on Bainbridge Island. It is a beautiful location with woods and water to reflect upon on this dark period in U.S. history. Might not...More

Thank Maureen P
Reviewed 7 July 2017

As it is with many government initiatives, BIJAEM has been put in the back burner for now. This memorial park is part of the national park service and adjacent to the Joel Pritchard Park, about 3 miles from the town. I came with high expectations...More

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Judy I
7 August 2016|
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Response from ClarenceMoriwaki | Property representative |
Along with several private taxi companies, Kitsap Transit, our local transit agency, offers B.I. Ride, an on-demand service that offers loops trip around the island to several stops, including the memorial site. Thus, you... More
Elizabeth C
30 March 2015|
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Response from ClarenceMoriwaki | Property representative |
The memorial site is free and open from dawn to dusk everyday.