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San Francisco Maritime Parks African-American History Month

Join San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in celebrating African American History Month with special programs on Saturday, February 4, Sunday, February 19, and Saturday, February 25.

African Americans have played a major role in maritime history – from the earliest days of the nation to modern times they have fought in wars, invented maritime tools, created maritime music, as well as built, crewed, and captained ships.

San Francisco Maritime Parks African-American History Month
Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Sunday, February 19, 2017 | Saturday, February 25, 2017
San Francisco

All events listed below are free and open to the public.

  • Sat, February 4, 10 am: Sargent Claude Johnson: The Color of Beauty
    Meet at Washington Square Park and ends at the Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street
    This program is a free guided walking tour that will explore Sargent Johnson’s struggle with being one of the only African American artists working for the Works Progress Administration on the West Coast, as well as his headaches and triumphs during the challenging times of the Great Depression of the 1930s. The fruits of his struggles remain today in his amazing art techniques and mediums that are an integral part of the Maritime Museum. Contact Noemesha Williams to RSVP: noemesha_williams@nps.gov
  • Sun, February 19 / Sat, February 25, 10:30 am-noon: Sargent Claude Johnson: The West Coast Link to the Harlem Renaissance
    Meet in the lobby of the Argonaut Hotel, 495 Jefferson Street
    California’s only link to the Harlem Renaissance, Johnson was also one of the few African-American artists hired in Northern California to execute monumental art during the New Deal Federal Art Project. Come explore Johnson’s life and art during a special emphasis program as part of our Waterfront Walking Tour.
  • Sat, February 25, 3:30 pm-4 pm: From Slaves to Sailors: The Voyage to Freedom through Whaling
    Hyde Street Pier
    The African-American path to freedom sometimes led to the sea. Slaves escaped servitude by going to sea, and Quaker whaling captains helped them acquire their freedom.
  • Throughout February, 9:30 am-5 pm: Exhibit: African Americans in the Maritime Trades
    Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson Street, wheelchair accessible.
    View rare photographs and learn about African American and Caribbean officers, sailors, cooks, dock workers and shipbuilders.

San Francisco Maritime NHP, located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

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