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Turlock in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Turlock Assembly Center

Learning From the Past

 
 
Turlock Assembly Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, May 1, 2010
1. Turlock Assembly Center Marker
Inscription.  
On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. This order led to the internment of Japanese Americans, a majority of whom were United States citizens.

Where you are standing today was once a temporary detention center that incarcerated a total of 3,699 innocent men, women and children from April 30th to August 12th, 1942. From the Turlock Assembly Center the internees were relocated to the Gila River Internment Camp located in the Arizona desert, where they remained until the end of WWII.

President Reagan sought to correct this sense of betrayal when he issued House Resolution 442 on August 10, 1988. As you stand here today it is imperative to learn from the past and to secure our civil liberties for future generations.

This monument is dedicated to the uprooted evacuees of the Japanese American internment.
 
Erected 2010. (Marker Number 934.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series lists.
 
Location. 37° 30.101′ N, 120° 51.498′ 
Turlock Assembly Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, May 1, 2010
2. Turlock Assembly Center Marker
W. Marker is in Turlock, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker can be reached from Broadway 0.1 miles north of Canal Drive, on the left when traveling north. Located in Stanislaus County Fairgrounds next to the Floriculture building. The fairgrounds are only open during special events. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 N Broadway, Turlock CA 95380, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Irwin City (approx. 6.8 miles away); Ceres Volunteer Fire Department (approx. 8.1 miles away); Ceres War Memorial (approx. 8.2 miles away); Empire City (approx. 9.7 miles away); a different marker also named Empire City (approx. 9.7 miles away); Silent City (approx. 12.1 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic (approx. 12.2 miles away); Andrew McGinnes (approx. 12.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Turlock Assembly Center. This is California Historical Landmark No. 934, one of twelve California Assembly Center markers with the same number.
Statement of Significance:
Temporary Detention Camps for Japanese Americans, Turlock Assembly Center —
The temporary detention camps (also known as 'assembly centers') represent the first phase of the mass incarceration of 97,785 Californians of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Pursuant to Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, thirteen makeshift detention facilities were constructed at various California racetracks, fairgrounds, and labor camps. These facilities were intended to confine Japanese Americans until more permanent concentration
<i> Families of Japanese ancestry arriving at the Turlock Assembly Center.</i> image. Click for full size.
Dorothea Lange (War Relocation Authority, courtesy of the Bancroft Library), May 2, 1942
3. Families of Japanese ancestry arriving at the Turlock Assembly Center.
"Their baggage will be inspected for contraband and they will then be medically examined and assigned places in the barracks by family groups. Later evacuees will be transferred to War Relocation Authority Centers for the duration."
camps, such as those at Manzanar and Tule Lake in California, could be built in isolated areas of the country. Beginning on March 30, 1942, all native-born Americans and long-time legal residents of Japanese ancestry living in California were ordered to surrender themselves for detention.
 
Additional keywords. California Historical Landmark No. 934
 
<i>"Families of Japanese ancestry arrived at Turlock assembly center... </i> image. Click for full size.
Dorothea Lange (War Relocation Authority, courtesy of the Bancroft Library), May 2, 1942
4. "Families of Japanese ancestry arrived at Turlock assembly center...
Evacuees will be housed later at War Relocation Authority centers for the duration."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3, 4. submitted on July 23, 2020. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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