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Japanese American Grocery Proclaims “I Am An American“ as they Sell The Store Prior to Internment

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Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Masuda Family, owners of the Wanto Grocery, posted a sign on their business that said “I AM AN AMERICAN“ at their business, 401 Eighth Street and Franklin Street in Oakland, California. After the relocation order 9066 was signed by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Masudas were forced to sell and were interned. NARA Caption: Oakland, California. Following evacuation orders, this store, at Thirteenth and Franklin Streets, was closed. The owner, a University of California graduate of Japanese descent, placed the “I AM AN AMERICAN“ sign on the store front on Dec. 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Image Filename wwii1024.jpg
Image Size 1.58 MB
Image Dimensions 2734 x 2886
Photographer Lange, Dorothea
Photographer Title Photographer for the War Relocation Authority
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed March 13, 1942
Location 401 Eighth Street and Franklin Street
City Oakland
State or Province California
Country United States
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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