Between 1942 and 1945, up to 8,000 Japanese Americans were interned at Rohwer—a 500-acre camp surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. Although most physical evidence has been wiped from the landscape, the cemetery remains. A kiosk and wayside exhibits have been placed along the gravel road beside the cemetery to tell the stories of Japanese Americans forcibly removed from the West Coast in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The exhibits feature audio components narrated by actor George Takei, who at age 5 was interned at the camp with his family. This site was one of 10 such Japanese American relocation centers—two in Arkansas and eight in western states.
Latitude: 33.766363 Longitude: -91.27974 Elevation: 135 ft
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I serve as executive director of Arkansas Delta Byways, the tourism promotion association for the 15 counties in Eastern Arkansas. I am also Director of Arkansas State University Heritage Sites and have a deep passion for the Arkansas Delta region.
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Drive the entire length of the 10-state Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
Hours OpenDawn 'til Dusk
Seasons OpenYear Round
Time Period Represented1942-1945
Visitor FeesNo fees
Accessible along a gravel road. Cyclists may wish to leave their bikes at the entrance kiosk and walk the gravel road.