SAN FRANCISCO — The third annual Come to the Water: Teaching San Francisco Black History seven-week course begins Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at the Visitor Center of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in Fisherman’s Wharf at the Hyde Street Pier.
John William Templeton, recently featured in the Washington Post as the first person to view the Emancipation Proclamation during its three-day viewing at the National Archives, leads the weekly sessions.  Templeton is principal investigator for the development of the African-American Freedom Trail in San Francisco, the first on the West Coast.
Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco is Templeton’s textbook which describes the central role of African-Americans in the city’s history.¬† Along with his anthology Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4, Come to the Water can be obtained at
Joining Templeton on the 26th will be Dr. Amos C. Brown Jr., senior pastor of Third Baptist Church; Michelle Long, church historian of Bethel A.M.E. and Rev. Malcolm J. Byrd, pastor of First A.M.E. Zion, all founded in 1852, along with members of Hannibal Lodge No. 1 and Victoria Lodge No. 3.


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