A group proposing to create a memorial marker commemorating Japanese Americans who were taken from the Venice area during World War II are hoping that a 1942 photo could shed some light on the specific local pick-up site for those sent to internment camps.

The Free Venice Beachhead, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office, and Venice High School students in the New Media Academy have proposed erecting a memorial to mark the location near Lincoln and Venice boulevards in Venice where local Japanese Americans arrived for transportation to internment camps for the duration of WWII, said Phyllis Hayashibara, a Venice High social studies teacher.

The group is requesting the public’s assistance in documenting the exact location of this local pick-up site, and hopes that a photograph of the site dated April 25th, 1942 will bring about some information.

The memorial planners pose the question, “Were you one of these Japanese Americans who lined up on Venice Boulevard, west of Lincoln Boulevard on April 25th, 1942 in compliance with Civilian Exclusion Order No. 7?” The order directed “all persons of Japanese ancestry, both alien and non-alien” to send “a responsible member of each family” on “Tuesday, April 21, 1942, or . . . on Wednesday, April 22, 1942 to the Civilian Control Station located at 2422 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, California.”

Anyone who may be pictured in the historic photo or has knowledge or the specific location is encouraged to come forward to help with the memorial planning.

Those with information are asked to contact Hayashibara at phyllishayashibara@earthlink.net/.

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