The Port Chicago Mutiny | 1998
Examines the biggest home front disaster of World War II - the explosion of the Port Chicago ammunition depot near San Francisco, on July 17, 1944. Of the 300 men killed, 202 were black - a staggering 15 percent of the war's black casualties. Traumatized by the explosion and its aftermath, 50 ammunitions loaders - all of whom were black - refused to return to work considered too dangerous for white sailors. They were court-martialed and convicted of mutiny and imprisoned until the end of the war. Their plight outraged blacks and white liberals, including a young NAACP lawyer named Thurgood Marshall who led an unsuccessful campaign to get their conviction overturned. The program features survivors and their families as they share their stories in the hopes of clearing the unjust charges that were brought against them.