‘Then They Came for Me’ at the Presidio

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Photo of Japanese American “evacuees” taken by Dorothea Lange in Centerville, Calif. on May 9, 1942.

SAN FRANCISCO — “Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties” is on view through May 27 at 100 Montgomery St. in the Presidio of San Francisco.

This free multimedia exhibition examines the terrifying period in U.S. history when the government scapegoated and imprisoned thousands of people of Japanese ancestry. It draws parallels to tactics chillingly resurgent today, featuring imagery by noted American photographers Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams alongside works by incarcerated Japanese American artists Toyo Miyatake and Mine Okubo.

Presented by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation in partnership with the National Japanese American Historical Society and J-Sei, the exhibition tells the story of the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese American citizens and legal residents from their homes on the West Coast without due process or other constitutional protections to which they were entitled.

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit http://thentheycame.org.

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