Untold and Intimate Stories of the 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz

In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation



Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:00PM

Untold and Intimate Stories of the 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz
<p><small><em>In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation</small></em></p>
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Untold and Intimate Stories of the 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz

In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation



Where: San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Cost: Free.

Join California Historical Society at the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Branch for a powerful evening of stories and photographs from the Occupation of Alcatraz, in commemoration of its 50th anniversary.

Original participants of the occupation of Alcatraz will tell the rich, untold stories of organizing and living on Alcatraz Island. We will be joined by Eloy Martinez (Southern Ute, original occupier), Ruth Orta (Ohlone/Bay Miwok, Plains Miwok), La Nada War Jack (Shoshone Bannock, leader and original occupier), Geneva Seaboy (Dakota/Chippewa, original occupier), Blair Ryan (child on Alcatraz), William Ryan (child on Alcatraz), and Brooks Townes, co-ordinator of the Sausalito Indian Navy who secretly brought the Indians to Alcatraz during the night of Nov. 20, 1969.

Brooks Townes will show his photographs of the first 9 days of the occupation, some of which have never been seen before. Kent Blansett (Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi, professor and author) will speak about his book 'A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz and Red Power'. Photographs by Ilka Hartmann will introduce the event.

The event will take place at San Francisco Public Library’s Main Branch, in the Latino/Hispanic Community Room.

Image: ©Ilka Hartmann 2019