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‘Then They Came for Me’

  • Alphawood Gallery 2401 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL, 60614 United States (map)

What does an American look like? Who is welcome in this country? What is every American’s duty in the face of racist government action?

Alphawood Gallery has partnered with the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) to produce the Gallery’s first original exhibition, Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties. This exhibition examines a dark episode in U.S. history when, in the name of national security, the government incarcerated 120,000 citizens and legal residents during World War II without due process or other constitutional protections to which they were entitled. Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, set in motion the forced removal and imprisonment of all people of Japanese ancestry living on or near the West Coast.  During this 75th anniversary year of the executive order, we look back at this shameful past to learn lessons for our present and future in the face of new challenges encouraged by fearmongering and racism at the highest levels of government.

Free Admission


Monday – Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.