Preserve Arkansas on November 7 will host a tour of Southeast Arkansas sites associated with World War II, including the World War II Prisoner of War Camp at Monticello, the World War II Japanese American Internment Camp Museum in McGehee, the Rohwer Relocation Center Memorial Cemetery at Rohwer, and the Japanese Internment Camp at Jerome.

Roland Wacker

Fences at Night. A Roland Wacker photo of Camp Monticello, the WWII Italian Prisoner of War Camp at Monticello. The photo is part of the Roland Wacker Collection at at the Drew County Historical Museum.

A motor coach will depart from the Little Rock Visitor Information Center on Capitol Avenue at 7:30 a.m. and return around 10 p.m. Participants will also be picked up at the James T. Jordan Park in Monticello at 9:30 a.m.

The tour will begin with a walking tour of Camp Monticello, a World War II Italian prisoner of war camp east of Monticello. [The link will take you to Seark Today’s feature story, with photos, about Camp Monticello.]

The tour will continue to McGehee to the new WWII Japanese American Internment Camp Museum located in the old railroad station in downtown McGehee where participants will experience “Dining Behind Barbed Wire,” a lunch and lecture program featuring food based on menus from Rohwer and Jerome, a talk on foodways by Dr. Johanna Miller Lewis (UALR) and a performance of Remembrances by the University of Central Arkansas’ CORE dance company.

Participants will then continue to Rohwer to tour the recently restored Rohwer Relocation Center Memorial Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark. Next, it’s on to the Japanese Relocation Center at Jerome.

At Lake Village, participants will have refreshments at the recently restored Lakeport Plantation, the last remaining plantation house on the Mississippi River.

The day will end with dinner at the Cow Pen, a cattle inspection station converted in 1967 into a restaurant.

The cost for the tour, which is a fundraiser for Preserve Arkansas, is $125, including lunch and dinner. Tickets for lunch and dinner only may be also purchased. Lunch only tickets are $15 and dinner only tickets are $35.

For more information, contact Amara Yancey at preservearkansas.org or 501-372-4757. Reservations must be made by October 29.

Preserve Arkansas is a statewide nonprofit organization focused on building stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places.

The event is sponsored by Arkansas State University Heritage Sites, WER Architects/Planners and Kinco Constructors, Arkansas Archeological Society and Arkansas Delta Byways.