Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association


“Nidoto Nai Yoni”

The Memorial Wall winds solemnly down to the historic Eagledale ferry dock landing site, where the first of more than 120,000 Japanese individuals—two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were forcibly uprooted from their West Coast homes and confined to concentration camps during World War II.
BIJAEMA is a steadfast advocate for fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of this profound historical event and the enduring lessons it imparts. The Memorial stands as an unwavering testament to the events of March 30, 1942, serving as a poignant reminder of the past.
Nidoto Nai Yoni — Let It Not Happen Again.




Join Us in Shaping the Future!

Campaign for the Visitor Center

Our Capital Campaign is on a mission to transform the Memorial into an immersive and educational experience for all. We’re thrilled to announce the final phase of development, and we need your support to make it happen.

What’s in Store:

  • A Modern Visitor Center: Dive into deep discussions about the rich history and stories behind the Bainbridge Island incarceration experience, all under shelter with the support of interpretive exhibits and state-of-the art technology.
  • An Amphitheater: Outdoor seating for events and group tours in a picturesque setting.
  • A Welcoming Paved Plaza: An accessible place for reflection, gathering, and community.

Construction is set to kick off in 2024, but we can’t do it without you. Together, we’ll create a lasting legacy and enhance the visitor experience.



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