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3-6-44 auditorium construction, Jerome R.C.

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

3-6-44 auditorium construction, Jerome R.C.
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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Denson, Ark., 1944


Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada


2 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; top image 4.25 x 6 in., bottom image 4.25 x 6 in., on sheet 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink drawings of auditorium construction and the carpenter gang at Jerome Relocation Center on March 6, 1944 and March 8, 1944, respectively. Drawings separated by black line.
Top drawing features large auditorium building with scaffolding and ladders in front ; shuttered window at top. Scaffolding or side room on left. Trees and two barracks located in background right. Sketched lines along top indicate sky and clouds.
Bottom drawing depicts nine men in carpenter gang wearing hats seated on benches and on floor inside a wooden structure. Stove pipe extends out from wall in background left into low rectangular stove on left.

Hoshida was one of the seven to nine hundred Japanese Americans in Hawaii who were incarcerated in Justice Department internment camps. He was acutely aware of the importance of recording his experiences through the pen and ink drawings and watercolors he made during his incarceration in five different locations. While Hoshida did not attempt to make any overt commentary on the interment, his drawings and sketches provide a continuous and detailed account of daily activities and his long journey from Hilo, Hawaii, to the desert of Arizona.

Written in black ink on top image, top left: 3-6-44 / Auditorium Construction / Jerome R.C. Written in black ink on bottom image, top right: 3-8-44 / Carpenter gang

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