Wednesday, July 10, 2024 / 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Muttsu no Kazoku: Six Families’ Journey from Internment to Scott

Meeting Place: Museum
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

While many people are familiar with the stories of the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War, most likely don’t give much thought to what happened to the people after the war’s end. For a group of families interned in the Rohwer War Relocation Center, the end of the war brought with it a move to the farming community of Scott, Arkansas.

The postwar years would bring many changes for both the community of Scott and the new residents. While the Japanese American families did find success in transplanting their central California-honed vegetable growing operation to the fertile soil of central Arkansas, they also faced the challenges of being neither white nor Black in the segregated south.

From March 16 until July 27, 2024, Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park is hosting an exhibit called “Muttsu no Kazoku: Six Families’ Journey from Internment to Scott” telling a story that has long been overlooked. This exhibit will explore life for the Shingu, Futamachi, Nakamura, Oshima, Yada, and Yoshimura families before, during, and after World War II with special focus on their lives in Scott.