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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