San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Not Just a Water Tower
A Message to the World
— Golden Gate National Recreation Area —
The Alcatraz water tower is one of the most visible landmarks in San Francisco Bay. As such, it was an ideal place for American Indians who occupied the island to broadcast their message of "peace and freedom" to the world. Standing on each other's shoulders to paint the letters, they satked their claim to the island.
The 19 month protest from 1969 to 1971 became the longest occupation of Federal land in US history, and is credited with launching a national American Indian civil rights movement. When the National Park Service (NPS) restored the water tower in 2012, original occupiers and family members were invited to repaint the historic message. The NPS continues to work with the occupiers to restore their inscriptions around the island.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Communications • Native Americans.
Location. 37° 49.647′ N, 122° 25.407′ W. Marker is in San FranciscoTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Morgue (a few steps from this marker); Officers' Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster Warehouse and Power Plant (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Western Gulls (about 600 feet away); Scow Schooner Alma (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hicks Engine (approx. 1.2 miles away); Steering the Ship... (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Carpenter Shop... (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . .
1. Occupation of Alcatraz. Wikipedia article (Submitted on May 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. We Hold the Rock. Article on the National Park Service website written by Dr. Troy Johnson from California State University, Long Beach. (Submitted on May 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Additional keywords. American Indian Movement (AIM)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 4. submitted on August 28, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California.