Japanese American Memorial Marker


On April 25, 1942, hundreds of Japanese Americans reported to 933 1/2 Venice Boulevard, near the intersection of Lincoln and Venice Boulevard in response to Civilian Exclusion Order No. 7 which ordered the evacuation of people of Japanese ancestry, "alien and non-alien" alike, out of the Malibu, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, and Venice areas. Over the next three days, some 3,000 Japanese Americans lined up at this intersection for the day-long bus ride to the Manzanar War Relocation Authority in the Owens Valley.

The Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker Committee, consisting of educators, newspaper publishers, artists, and former internees, has continued the campaign launched by the Venice Peace and Freedom Party and the Free Venice Beachhead, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, to erect a memorial marker at the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards to commemorate the Japanese American evacuation and internment that itself followed in the aftermath of Japan's attack on the U. S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

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