The traditional book club reimagined as an inclusive public program that anyone can take part in, whether or not they’ve read the book. Enjoy contextualizing remarks by Presidio Trust historian, Dr. Barbara Berglund Sokolov, and then either participate in or listen to the facilitated discussion of both the book and the general topic that follows. Think of this as part book club, part graduate seminar, part Parisian salon.
Saturday, January 19, 1 to 3 pmRobert L. Allen, The Port Chicago Mutiny: The Story of the Largest Mass Mutiny Trial in U.S. Naval History (Heyday Press, 1989 & 2006).
During World War II, the Presidio was one in a ring of military bases that encircled San Francisco Bay. Port Chicago was a segregated naval munitions base on the bay’s outer shores, not far from Martinez. On July 17, 1944, an explosion rocked the base, killing 320 men?202 of whom were Black ammunition loaders. Soon after, fifty survivors were charged and convicted of mutiny for refusing orders to load ammunition on another ship. Learn more about this local story of race relations, civil rights, and military history.
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