Mary Yamashita Nagao, 1920-1985
Courtesy, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA.


Many Japanese American women, men, and children, who had been interned in the Western United States under Executive Order 9066 during World War II, resettled in New Jersey in Upper Deerfield Township to work at Seabrook Farms. Women such as Mary Nagao, who moved from the Manzanar Relocation Center in California, and journalist Ellen Nakamura, who moved from the Jerome internment camp in Arizona, became employees of Seabrook Farms and took leadership roles in the Japanese American Citizens League and in the wider community. This photograph shows Mary Nagao working as a seamstress while at the Manzanar camp.

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