In celebration of Black History Month, the exhibition of the African-American Freedom Trail opens at the Port of San Francisco headquarters at Pier 1 (The Embarcadero at Washington Street) on Monday, February 3, 2014.  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 lobby area of the Port offices during February 2014 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to support the seven-week community learning series Come to the Water: Teaching San Francisco Black History. A companion brochure is available at the Port of San Francisco and the Visitor Information Center of San Francisco Travel.


On Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Port’s Bayside Room at Pier 1, 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 ends with a march to the new statue of Capt. William Alexander Leidesdorff erected by Clinton Reilly Holdings at Leidesdorff and Pine Streets in the financial district.


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.  For more information, contact John Templeton at


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