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Nearly 18,000 Japanese Americans were interned in Arkansas during World War II at Rohwer and Jerome on orders from President Franklin Roosevelt. In 2013, the city of McGehee opened the World War II Japanese American Internment Museum. Situated in McGehee’s historic train depot at 100 S. Railroad St., it serves as the Jerome-Rohwer Interpretive Museumand Visitor Center. The featured exhibit is “Against Their Will: The Japanese American Experience in World War II Arkansas."
Actor George Takei, most famous for his depiction as Lt. Sulu on the original "Star Trek" TV series, was interned as a child with his family at Rohwer. Outdoor exhibits at the Rohwer site include kiosks and wayside panels, with narration by Takei. The exhibits provide a glimpse into Japanese American internment life. Takei returned to the museum to celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2018. "This museum here, here in the town of McGehee, Arkansas is teaching a lesson that all Americans should know about," Takei said.