Executive Order 9066, issued by President Roosevelt, authorized the forced removal of hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans, many of them full American citizens like George and his brothers and sisters, and sent them to the internment camps.
Her traditional Jewish parents hoped she would find a husband, settle down… but young Frances had bigger plans.
Together they used their language and their culture, things that the government had tried to beat out of them as children, to achieve greatness.
"If you wait long enough, you will be vindicated. But we did show them we could fly.”
Domingo was 16 years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. During his time with us he spoke about the fear of that day, about not knowing if more attacks were coming or what the following days would bring.
To combat discrimination, Héctor alerted the media and the Longoria’s struggle caught the attention of then Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson.
Hazel Ying Lee wanted to fly airplanes. And when the WASPs were formed in 1943, she was one of the first in line.
We wouldn’t have a Mount Vernon to visit if it weren’t for her dedication to the estate during the Civil War.