TI Museum Black History Month Program: The Port Chicago Trial

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
1 Avenue of the Palms
Treasure Island Adminsitration Building Lobby
San Francisco, CA 94130
United States

"Produced by the Treasure Island Museum (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."

Please click the additional information link for full information and to register for the event (recommended).


The Port Chicago Story:  Oak Dowling, JD, Instructor, Dominican University

Panel Discussion:  The trial, its consequences and its place in history.

  • Prof. Rhonda Magee, USF School of Law

  • Prof. James Taylor, USF Dept. of African American Studies

  • Kelli English, Chief of Interpretation, Port Chicago Naval Magazine NMem

  • David Salniker, Board Member, Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial

  • Moderator: Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, USF