The exhibition The African-American Freedom Trail opens at the Port of San Francisco headquarters at Pier One on Monday, Feb. 3. Sponsored by San Francisco Travel, Holiday Inn-Civic Center, Fairmont Hotels, ParkSFO, HCA & Associates, Café Golo and Sheba Lounge, the four panels will hang in the front entrance during February to support the seven-week community learning series Come to the Water: Teaching San Francisco Black History.
A companion brochure is available at the Visitor Information Center of San Francisco Travel. The display has previously shown in the San Francisco and San Jose Fairmont Hotels.
On Friday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. in the Bayside Room on the first floor of Pier One, the Black Maritime Heritage Festival will present the maritime history of African-Americans in the Bay Area with representatives from various agencies describing potential water-related careers for school children. The festival will end with a march to the new statue of Capt. William Alexander Leidesdorff erected by Clinton Reilly Holdings at Leidesdorff and Pine Streets.
Curated by Oxford University Press historian John William Templeton, the panels show the global impact of local pioneers towards freedom and justice as well as interesting personalities in the fields of religion, literature, politics and business. Templeton presents the Come to the Water course on Saturdays Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 5 at the Visitor Center of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park at Hyde and Jefferson Streets.
March 5 is the California state holiday Black American Day to honor sailor Crispus Attucks, the first American to die for the country.