The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is a memorial that recognizes the lives lost at the Port Chicago disaster in 1944, when 320 sailors and civilians were instantly killed when the ships they were loading with ammunition and bombs exploded. The incident is significant in that the majority of those killed were African American sailors working for the racially segregated military.
The memorial is located on the grounds of the Military Ocean Terminal Concord. It is only open to the public through reserved guided tours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and the tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. The effect of the Port Chicago disaster and its aftermath on the civil rights movement cannot be discounted. It is a moving and important memorial.
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