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Port Chicago History Program for Young Adults

Friday | July 18, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center | 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000, Richmond, CA 94804

Author: Steve Sheinkin’s new book, The Port Chicago 50, written for young adult audience, explores the tragic explosion that occurred on July 17, 1944, at the segregated Navy base in Concord, CA. The tragedy killed 320 men, many of whom were African American, critically injured many more, and changed history forever. Several hundred survivors refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty men were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution.

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