Life Interrupted

Life Interrupted

Rosalie Gould

11.25.2007

Rosalie Gould

Rosalie Gould, former Mayor of McGehee, Arkansas, is an authority on the Japanese American relocation camps, which were established in the south Arkansas communities of Rohwer and Jerome during World War II. She has an extensive personal collection of artifacts from Jerome and Rohwer Relocation Centers and is attempting to establish a museum in McGehee to display the collection. The University of Arkansas is currently cataloging Ms. Gould's collection.

Rosalie shares her personal story of WWII Japanese internment camps in southeast Arkansas, specifically in the towns of Rohwer and Jerome. She provides insight on Japanese Americans’ experiences in the relocation camps. Gould also discusses the construction and conditions of the camp. Monuments are now dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives and suffered the internment camps. During the war, the United States government incarcerated 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in 10 domestic concentration camps, all located in desolate areas west of the Mississippi. Arkansas was one of three states with two camp locations. In 1988, the United States government admitted its error and provided redress and token reparations to the survivors of WWII camps.