Treasure Island Museum Celebrates Black History Month, GGIE 80th Anniversary
Separate events scheduled for February 2 and February 9
Join Treasure Island Museum (TIM) in celebration of both 2019 Black History Month and the 80th Anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island at two seperate on-Island events in February at Treasure Island's beautiful Art Moderne Administration Building!
Black History Month Event: "Lighting the Fuse to Civil Rights: The Port Chicago Trial and Treasure Island"
When: Saturday, February 9th from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Produced by TIM, this Black History Month program presents one of the earliest steps forward toward civil rights, part of which took place on Naval Station Treasure Island, in the city of San Francisco.
75 years ago, during World War II, a massive explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine near Concord. CA killed 320 people, most of them African-American sailors ordered to load explosives with no training and inadequate equipment and safety precautions. Weeks later, 50 sailors refused to resume that work. Their ensuing mutiny convictions, in a trial held on Naval Station Treasure Island, shone a spotlight on racism in the military, leading 16 months later to the desegregation of the Navy, and two years later all the armed services.
The Treasure Island Museum, in partnership with the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, the San Francisco Public Library and the Friends of Port Chicago Memorial, presents a lecture and symposium on Port Chicago. The Program will present the story of the disaster and trial. A panel of experts will discuss how these events contributed to the mid century modern civil rights movement, and how they inform issues still being dealt with today.
Golden Gate International Exposition 80th Anniversary Celebration
When: Saturday, February 2nd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Join TIM in celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island in 1939!. Treasure Island's beautiful Art Moderne "Administration Building" will be the setting for an afternoon of lively presentations, conversations with GGIE "veterans," a raffle, refreshments, exhibits, and more.
Speakers include Kathryn Ayres of the San Francisco Post Card Club and Paul Totah, editor of The San Francisco Fair, a book published for the GGIE's 50th anniversary in 1989. A freewill offering of $10 is suggested at the door, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.