The Port Chicago Sailors: Separate and Unequal

75 years ago during World War II, a deadly disaster hit when sailors, most of them African Americans, were loading ammunition onto ships at California’s Port Chicago. 320 men were killed and while the white officers were given leave time and commended for heroic efforts, 328 of the surviving black enlistees were sent to load ammunition on another ship. When they refused, fifty men were charge and convicted of mutiny. It was the largest mutiny trial in U.S. naval history, and an early spark in the Civil Rights struggle.


Port Chicago disaster survivors, now deceased: Albert Williams Jr. Robert Routh, Jr., Joseph R. Randolph Small, Sr., Freddie Meeks, Percy Robinson, and reenactments of the words of Thurgood Marshall and Professor Robert Allen.


Episode Producer and Host: Theresa Adams

Recordings by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister at Long Haul Productions from their radio feature, “The Port Chicago 50: An Oral History”.

Script Editing: Cheryl Devall

Co-Producer and Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

Audio Sweetening: Anita Johnson

Steve Grevious and Rod Akil for re-enactment voices

Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani

Audience Engagement Manager: Sabine Blaizin

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