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Discover African American History Month At The Park

A formal portrait of Captain Shorey, his wife and two daughters.
Captain William Shorey and family
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News Release Date: January 18, 2011
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7049

Programs during February, 2011

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park celebrates African American History Month with programs throughout February, 2011.

EXHIBIT: AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE MARITIME TRADES
Daily, throughout February. In the Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson Street, at Hyde Street.

Photo exhibit about African Americans in maritime industries.

MARITIME ROUTES OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Saturday, February 5, 1:30pm. In the Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson Street, at Hyde Street. Free.

A presentation on ships as routes to freedom on the Underground Railroad. The California Gold Rush, West Coast whaling, stories of escape, and uncovering lost stories will be included.

CHANTEYS: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CONNECTION
Saturday, February 12, 1-1:45pm. Aboard the three-masted ship Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier. Vessel admission applies: Adults, $5. Ages 15 and under, free. Free with national park passes.

Discover African American and Caribbean work songs of sailors, oarsmen, longshoremen and Fishermen. Join Park Ranger Peter Kasin and Park Volunteer Richard Adrianowicz and join in on the choruses to these compelling chanteys.

THE SAGA OF CAPTAIN WILLIAM SHOREY
Sundays, February 13, 3pm, and February 27, 1:30pm. In the Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson Street, at Hyde Street. Free.

A slide program on the extraordinary life and accomplishments of the only Black whaling ship captain on the West Coast.

AFRICAN AMERICANS AT SEA
Saturdays, February 19 and 26, 1-1:30pm. In the Visitor Center. Free.

Join Park Ranger Tom Jares for a look at the lives of African American seamen during the Age of Sail. Discover the pivotal role they played in maritime history.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, Aquatic Park Historic District, and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/safr.

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