This memorial honors the struggles and hard work not only East Indian, Chinese and Japanese immigrants but all immigrants since early 1800s, who came to America from all continents, seeking better life opportunities for their families. Each ethnic immigrant community and families have a unique story to share with current and future generation to remind them of their contributions to shape the American destiny as a nation.
This Arch of Healing and Reconciliation erected in 2017 to honor the immigrant communities in Bellingham and Whatcom County, recognizes the welcome and hospitality of local tribal members of Lummi and Nooksack tribes, to the immigrant families coming to this region before and after the Point Elliot Treaty.
On the night of September 4, 1907, a roving gangs of rioters walked from mill to mill, from boarding house to boarding house, hauling out “Hindus” roughing them up and ordering them to get out of the town. East Indian immigrants, mostly Sikh, Muslims and Hindus from Punjab, worked in local lumber mills. The familiar slogans shouted by rioters were like: “they take away our jobs”, “they are threat to our religion and community”, “they must go”!
2017 is the 110th Anniversary, of these events called, “1907 Bellingham Hindu Riots”. .
View the documentary “Present in All that We Do” by Andrew Hedden and Ian Morgan.
In 1885, similar race riots occurred against the Chinese community in Vancouver, BC, Bellingham and Tacoma, Washington. Also in 1942 Japanese Americans were interned, while no crime was committed by any member of the community.
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