2 grants to help preserve SE Arkansas WWII sites

ROHWER, Ark. (AP) - Two internment camps in southeast Arkansas where Japanese-Americans from around the nation were held against their will during World War II are to benefit from a pair of federal grants totaling $520,000.

The National Park Service announced the grants Friday involving the Rohwer camp in Desha County and the Jerome camp on the Chicot-Drew county line. Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will receive $100,502 to develop and install interpretive designs and panels as well as directional signs at the Rohwer Relocation Center northeast of McGehee.

The McGehee Industrial Foundation will receive $419,967 to restore the town's railroad depot building and convert it to a museum and educational center for both the Rohwer and Jerome internment camps. McGehee is between the sites of the two camps.

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