Port Chicago 50 Recalls a Real-Life WWII Tragedy
It's July 17, 1944. Segregation in the U.S. is prevalent and World War II is in full swing. At Port Chicago in California, African-American soldiers are being pushed by their commanders to load ammunition and other explosives onto two large ships. None of these men have been properly trained to handle dangerous cargo and, on that fateful day, something goes terribly wrong. Explosions shake the shipyard grounds with the force of an earthquake, shaking buildings as far east as Boulder City, Nevada, and 320 seamen lose their lives. What happens next is even more mind-boggling than the explosion itself. What exactly happened that summer night? How did it happen, and why? Find out when Port Chicago 50 comes to McKenna Theatre in San Francisco. A brilliant cast takes you on an emotional roller coaster in this unbelievable true-life tale, as seen through the eyes of one survivor.
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