Richmond Shipyard Commemorating Port Chicago Disaster July 19th

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial in Concord, CA. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, John Keibel.

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial in Concord, CA. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, John Keibel.

In July of 1944, the largest explosion on the mainland of the United States jolted the Bay Area, instantly killing 320 sailors, the majority of whom were young African Americans. The subsequent refusal of fifty of the remaining sailors to resume loading munitions until their safety could be assured resulted in the most significant mutiny trial in U.S. history.

Their cause, supported by Eleanor Roosevelt and Thurgood Marshall, ultimately led to the desegregation of the Navy and later the entire military.
The National Park Service and the Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial will present two free events highlighting the tragic disaster in Concord during World War II that led to the desegregation of the United States military. “The Port Chicago Disaster at 70: A Symposium on Race and the Military during World War II” will be held on Thursday, July 17 at Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A 70th Anniversary Commemoration will be held Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Richmond Shipyard No. 3. For more information, visitwww.portchicagomemorial.org or call (925) 695-7678.
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  1. Fred Bush

    It’s a damn shame that these people never mention all of the civilians injured and killed in Port Chicago that night.
    My Mother was young and sitting next to a window when the explosion happened. Her skull is still filled with small glass shards that occasionally work their way out. The Red Cross did the best they could back then.

    Yes, those sailors deserve their place in history. No doubt about that. I just get tired of seeing the civilians being ignored, or a footnote at best, in this story.

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