In this session, we visit the location of the Pinedale Assembly Center, which was opened in May 1942. It was a relocation camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. It was eventually closed on July 23, 1942. It was known for having very bare living quarters – complete with cockroach infestations. The Americans who were forced to live here were mainly from Washington state – the Fresno summer temperatures an added insult to the loss of their freedoms as citizens. There was a school and a few graduated from high school while living here.
For more information on the area – please check out the Densho Encyclopedia: encyclopedia.densho.org