Black History in the GGNRA

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is part of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, which are places “connecting past struggles to today’s movements for human rights and social justice." Read more about Black history in the Golden Gate National Parks and beyond with the articles below:

Visitors examine information about incarceration on red and black panels at Alcatraz.
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Alcatraz Island is full of doors that lead to the past, and right now there are several unique and new experiences on the island to check out.
Inside the New Industries Building on Alcatraz Island.
Park E-Ventures Article
Robert Lipscomb, a Black man from Cleveland, Ohio, grew up during the Great Depression and, after a traumatic and destabilizing childhood, eventually ended up in the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary where he agitated for social change.
Buffalo Soldiers
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In this moment and as we continue forward, it’s important to acknowledge the racist history on these lands so that we can learn from it and overcome it.
Interior of Sutro Baths, circa 1900
Park E-Ventures Article
As we celebrate Black History Month in February, we can find resonances here in our national parks, those places historian Wallace Stegner called “the best idea we ever had.”
Buffalo Soldiers
Park E-Ventures Article
On the 150th anniversary of the formation of the African American Buffalo Soldiers regiments, learn about their vital role in the history of the national parks (and of the Presidio)—and discover why Teddy Roosevelt had a special place in his heart for them.

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