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Laborfest: Strike at Former Mare Island Naval Ammunition Depot
Date Saturday July 31
Time 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location Details
Shoreline Heritage Preserve Visitors Center - Mare Island, Vallejo. E-mail or call for a ride from the Vallejo Ferry terminal. The Ferry terminal can be reached by BARTLink bus from the Del Norte BART station or by ferry from the San Francisco Ferry Building. For information call 707-249-9633 or e-mail myrnahay [at]
Event Type Teach-In
Mare Island Naval Ammunition Depot: A “Mutiny” that Changed History
On August 9, 1944, 3 weeks after the Port Chicago Explosion that resulted in the greatest loss of life on home soil during WWII, 258 African American sailors took a stand that changed history, yet few people know where their “work stoppage” viewed as a way to bargain for better and safer working conditions, took place. Visit Mare Island Naval Ammunition Depot in Vallejo where the men were ordered to return to loading munitions. Their refusal to return to work resulted in the Navy’s court-martial and imprisonment of 50 men. Due to advocacy by then NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall and even Eleanor Roosevelt, the Navy became the first of America’s armed services to desegregate. Join retired ILWU member Jeff Bonneville and Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve manager Myrna Hayes in a narrated walking and driving tour. Hosted by Mare Island Heritage Trust. For information call 707-249-9633 or e-mail myrnahay [at] Visit:
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Added to the calendar on Friday Jun 25th, 2010 7:09 AM

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