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May 5, 1942: Panorama made from three different images of the Pomona Assembly Center built for the internment of Japanese Americans. The camp, with a capacity for 5,000 people, was built at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. This photo was published in the May 7, 1942, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew H. Arnott / Los Angeles Times

April 1942: Construction of the Japanese American internment camp being built on 76 acres of the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona. The photo by Dave Meiklejohn of the Pomona newspaper The Progress-Bulletin was cleared through the office of censorship in Washington with the help of Associated Press and arrived at the Los Angeles Times on April 11, 1942.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Meiklejohn / The Progress-Bulletin

May 5, 1942: Walter C. Mundy, superintendent of the warehouse at Pomona Assembly Center, inspects food before the arrival of the first Japanese Americans.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew H. Arnott / Los Angeles Times

May 5, 1942: Housing awaits the first contingent of Japanese Americans to arrive at the Pomona Assembly Center. The grandstand for the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds is in the background. This photo was published in the May 6, 1942, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew H. Arnott / Los Angeles Times

May 5, 1942: One of the mess halls at the Pomona Assembly Center before arrival of first Japanese Americans. Photo taken during tour of the camp before the arrival of any internees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew H. Arnott / Los Angeles Times

May 5, 1942: Raymond D. Spencer, manager of the Pomona Assembly Center, in operating room of camp hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew H. Arnott / Los Angeles Times

May 5, 1942: Cooks prepare food for the first contingent of Japanese Americans to arrive at the Pomona Assembly Center. The internment camp was at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew H. Arnott / Los Angeles Times

May 5, 1942: Officials inspect the hospital ward before the first contingent of Japanese Americans to arrive at the Pomona Assembly Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew H. Arnott / Los Angeles Times

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Japanese American internment: Pomona Assembly Center

For the internment of Japanese Americans in 1942, the major Los Angeles County assembly area was built at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. As it neared capacity, a second assembly center was opened in Pomona at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds.

On May 5, 1942, Los Angeles Times staff photographer Andrew H. Arnott toured the completed camp. Some of his photos were published the next day in the Los Angeles Times.

The Pomona Assembly Center opened on May 7, 1942. Within a few days, the first group of  Japanese American internees arrived at the center. About 5,400 internees stayed in the facility until August 1942, when they were transferred to Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming.

This small gallery accompanies these previous From the Archive posts:

Alien Registration Act of 1940 [updated].

Executive Order 9066: Japanese American internment in World War II. 

Japanese evicted from Terminal Island.

Japanese Internment: Santa Anita Assembly Center

Japanese Internment: Manzanar

Japanese Internment: Poston

1941 camera and radio confiscation

This series of posts on the internment of Japanese Americans began in 2012.

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2 Comments

  1. March 17, 2015, 9:24 am

    Why are there not more information or stories on the other interment camps besides Manzanar, Hart Mt and Poston? My family was interned at Amache interment camp in Granada, Colorado. Most of my friends never heard of Amache. Also more about Santa Anita pre-interment.

    By: George Tanaka
  2. March 17, 2015, 10:17 pm

    Democrats but that.

    By: Admin

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