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Percy Robinson: Port Chicago Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Robinson, Percy
Interviewer(s):
Allen, Robert
Title:
Percy Robinson: Port Chicago Oral History Project
Abstract:
Percy Robinson served as a Navy seaman at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine during World War II. Following the explosion at the base, he became involved in a strike along with other black sailors, after it became clear that the servicemen were expected to return to the work of loading ships after being injured. In his interview with Robert Allen, Robinson recounts details from his time at Port Chicago, discussing the general conditions, discrimination, and interrogation procedures that he and other black sailors experienced.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
1978
Project:
Port Chicago
Rights:
Copyright Percy Robinson 1978