*Unsung Heroes

Black Shipyard Workers, 1940 - 1945
Event detail

World War II and the industries that supported it were the major catalyst for the Second Great Migration of African Americans between 1940 and 1970, a migration of more than 5 million African Americans from the South to the North, East, Midwest and West. Like so many before them, men, women and families fled atrocities, persecution and racism of the Jim Crow South to find favorable economic and social opportunities elsewhere. This migration set into motion profound changes in American history, especially in reshaping America’s big cities. For example, during this period the African American population in San Francisco increased by six hundred percent.

This exhibit, produced by the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society, celebrates the contributions and sacrifices that African American shipyard workers made during World War II and the 2019 national Black History Month theme, Black Migrations. It focuses specifically on the contributions, work and living conditions of African Americans working at San Francisco’s Hunters Point Naval Base and living in the Bayview and Fillmore districts, and includes information on other high profile Bay Area ship-building sites.

These cultural events are free and open to the public. See More Than a Month for the complete program guide.

Upcoming Events

The House of Men
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:00 pm
Main Library, African American Center

Upcoming Classes

The 1619 Project:
Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 6:00 pm
Main Library, African American Center

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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