Hayley Johnson and Sarah Simms present Through an Extended Lens: Louisiana, Internment, and the Geography of Chance
In World War II, Camp Livingston was a bustling US Army base located near Alexandria, Louisiana. It’s mostly remembered for its use during the Louisiana Maneuvers and housing German, Italian, and Japanese POWs, who provided manual labor to area industries, like sugar cane farming, and logging. The internment of almost 1,100 men of Japanese ancestry is erased from the history of the army installation, except for passing references.
This presentation aims to begin to address the gap in information regarding the history of internment at Camp Livingston. Speakers Hayley Johnson and Sarah Simms approach this topic through the lens of one extended family’s experience: the Kohara and Miyamoto families. Their histories (examined through historical documents, oral histories, and historical photographs) will highlight the wildly varied experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Hayley Johnson is the Head of Government Documents and Microforms at Louisiana State University. Hayley has worked with government documents for the past seven years and works to highlight their importance and relevance to both historical and present day issues. She was previously at the Louisiana House of Representatives.
Sarah Simms is the Undergraduate and Student Success Librarian at Louisiana State University. Before entering academic librarianship, Sarah worked in the antiquarian book trade in New York City. Her interest in history, culture, and social justice advocacy has fueled her research into Japanese American internment during World War II.
Johnson and Simms are currently doing grant-funded research investigating Camp Livingston’s little-known history as a site of Japanese American internment.
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