“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Richmond in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Wartime Changes

Wartime Changes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
1. Wartime Changes Marker
Captions: (photos on the left) This post-war photo depicts young children benefiting from the innovative childcare programs that were developed at federally funded childcare facilities, including the Maritime Child Development Center, in Richmond during the war.; (background photo) World War II saw an unprecedented number of women join the workforce - more than any other time US history.
Inscription. " I think that during World War II...there was a tremendous amount of patriotism. I think that was the important thing. It was a real job and you did something for the war effort. -- Maggie Gee, Army pilot

People moved to Richmond from all over the country to work in the shipyards during the war. This led to explosive growth of the city, and a dramatic exchange between people of diverse ethnicities and cultures. Men and women of different backgrounds worked and lived side-by-side here. Although gender and racial discrimination did not end after the war, this experience dramatically redefined American society, and planted the seeds for the civil rights and women's rights movement.

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The WWII Kaiser shipyard and associated facilities are an outstanding example of an innovative wartime industry that supported, to a unprecedented level, social programs in healthcare and childcare for employees and their families. For example, one of the nations's first voluntary, pre-paid medial plans, now Kaiser Permanente, was founded to keep the shipyard workers healthy.
Behind you is the cafeteria building. During the war, this cafeteria was open 24 hours a day, as a place for home front workers to come and eat and socialize before or after their shipyard work shifts.

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Wartime Changes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
2. Wartime Changes Marker
The Shipyard 3 cafeteria is in the background.
National Park Service and East Bay Regional District.
Location. 37° 54.817′ N, 122° 22.168′ W. Marker is in Richmond, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Canal Boulevard near Seacliff Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 Canal Boulevard, Richmond CA 94801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Boomtown (within shouting distance of this marker); Dynamic Wartime Port (approx. mile away); Clay, Kilns & Brick (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Victory ships were a bigger, complicated ship." (approx. 0.6 miles away); "I was truly there and did my part to the end." -- Addie Mae Cance, former shipyard worker (approx. 0.6 miles away); "It was a real workhorse." -- Jim Cannon, Marketing Director, Levin-Richmond Terminal Corp (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Ford Assembly Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Home Front Legacy (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. This marker is in the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Memorial next to the cafeteria for Shipyard 3.
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, World II
The Shipyard 3 cafeteria building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
3. The Shipyard 3 cafeteria building
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 166 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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