Unsung Heroes: Black Shipyard Workers, 1940--1945
World War II and the industries that supported it were the major catalyst for the Second Great Migration of African Americans between 1940 and 1970, a migration of more than 5 million African Americans from the South to the North, East, Midwest and West. Like so many before them, men, women and families fled atrocities, persecution and racism of the Jim Crow South to find favorable economic and social opportunities elsewhere. This exhibit, produced by the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society, celebrates the contributions and sacrifices that African American shipyard workers made during World War II and the 2019 national Black History Month theme, Black Migrations. It focuses specifically on the contributions, work and living conditions of African Americans working at San Francisco's Hunters Point Naval Base and living in the Bayview and Fillmore districts, and includes information on other high profile Bay Area ship–building sites.