Evacuation Poster On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which allowed the military to exclude people from any location without a trial or hearing. While it did not name people of Japanese ancestry specifically, it was clearly aimed at them and was enforced accordingly. Under the authority of Executive Order 9066, General John DeWitt defined 108 exclusion areas throughout the West Coast, each containing approximately 1,000 Japanese Americans.
The first exclusion orders were issued for Bainbridge Island, Washington, on March 24, 1942. Orders were posted around town, informing all Japanese American residents of the impending mass removal. Individuals and families were given only one week to prepare. By the end of October 1942, all 108 exclusion orders had been issued, forcing over 110,000 Japanese Americans into incarceration camps around the country.
This poster (14 ½” x 22”) is an authentic reproduction of the one which accompanied Civilian Exclusion Order 41, posted in San Francisco May 5, 1942, with an effective removal date of May 12. It is a stark reminder of the stunning and life-altering reality faced by Japanese Americans in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor.