All of us at NJDH mourn the passing of Laye Ikeda Nagahiro on July 14, 2009. Laye was tireless in her efforts to develop the Seabrook Farms collection for the New Jersey Digital Highway, which chronicles the experiences of Japanese Americans working at Seabrook Farms in Cumberland County after their release from internment camps. She was an important part of the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center and helped establish an exhibit at the Millvile Airport Museum honoring Japanese Americans who served in the 442nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II. Nagahiro and her family were residents of Salinas, California and were interned in Poston 2 camp in Arizona during World War II.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Seabrook Education and Cultural Center, Box 5041, Seabrook 08302; the Seabrook Chapter JACL, c/o Sharon Yoshida, 4 Mallard Lane, Bridgeton 08302; or to the Deerfield Presbyterian Church, Box 69, Deerfield Street, Deerfield 08313.