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A corner of our apartment 39-9-F Jerome R.C., June 14, 1944 : loaded freight to Gila today

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

A corner of our apartment 39-9-F Jerome R.C., June 14, 1944 : loaded freight to Gila today
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Denson, Ark., 1944


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


1 drawing on paper, lined : ink ; 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink sketch of a corner of artist's barracks apartment at Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas on June 14, 1944. Depicts two beds pushed together under an open sliding window on right ; a light bulb plugged into a socket hangs over a screen in corner back left ; and a stove with pipe extending from left wall next to full shelf, washboard and bucket. A hat sits on shelf in corner. The top of another barracks is visible through window. Grid patter on ceiling. Drawing 97.106.2DT on verso of same sheet.

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, top right corner: A corner of our apartment / 39-9-F Jerome R.C. / June 14, 1944 [underlined] / Loaded freight to Gila today [underlined].

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