Executive Order 9066


70 years ago, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which eventually led to the forced removal of approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants during World War II. These simple flyers, announcing the relocation of all persons of Japanese ancestry, were posted across California, Oregon, Washington and parts of Arizona ordering the evacuation of people of Japanese ancestry throughout the coastal states. Along with instructions on where to assemble, the flyers also stated what a family should and should not bring with them; among the items not allowed were pets, household goods, and furniture. Some families had as little as 24 hours to prepare to leave. They had no idea of where they were going or how long they would be gone.