Table of Contents
US Army Facilities
Confinement and Ethnicity:
An Overview of World War II
Japanese American Relocation Sites
by J. Burton, M. Farrell, F. Lord, and R. Lord
Chapter 17 (continued)
Department of Justice and U.S. Army Facilities
Department of Justice Internment Camps
Located outside of Dallas, the Seagoville facility was originally built
as a federal prison for women (Figure 17.41). In 1942 it was converted
into an internment camp to house 50 female Japanese American language
teachers removed from the West Coast. The two-story brown brick
buildings at the prison included six dormitories with 40 to 68 rooms
each, an auditorium, a school, a vocational arts center, and a hospital.
At first there was no fence at the camp, but later a high fence and 50
small plywood huts for family quarters were added to accommodate
Japanese families brought from Latin American countries (Walls 1987).
Today the facility is a low-security prison for about 850 men. The
buildings retain much of the look and feel of the World War II
Figure 17.41. Segoville Internment Camp.
(from Walls 1987)