The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial is located on the site of the former Eagledale ferry dock. This is where the Bainbridge Island Japanese American families forced from their homes during World War II boarded the ferry on March 30, 1942 bound for a concentration camp existence for the duration of the war. The Memorial is located in Pritchard Park, which was established in 2005 with a combination of private funds and funding from local, state and federal governments. A Memorial Wall containing the names of each of the 276 Japanese Americans who lived on Bainbridge Island at the start of World War II was built and dedicated in 2011.
The newest phase of the Memorial development was the construction of a Departure Deck, which evokes the experience of those boarding the ferry, leaving their homes behind and facing an unknown future.
We were humbled to be able to assist with the installation of the new interpretive artwork on the Japanese Exclusion Memorial Departure Deck. The new artwork, fabricated by our partner Turner Exhibits consists of a number of rusted steel sculptural pieces by Vaughan, Washington artists Anna Brones and Luc Revel, and an imposing gate by long-time memorial advocate John Buday. The artwork was formally presented to the community and dedicated at a brief public ceremony. Survivors of the exclusion experience and their families were in attendance.
Read the article in the Bainbridge Review.