At its peak in the 1940s, the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard employed up to 17,000 people.Photo: LOC, HAER CAL,38-SANFRA,195A-3 The Hunters Point Naval Shipyard covers 500 acres on San Francisco's southeastern flank, jutting out into the bay like the fletching of a giant arrow. Acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1940, it was once one of the West Coast's largest shipyards, at its World War II peak employing up to 17,000 people, many of them African Americans who settled nearby. The Navy ended its work at the Shipyard in 1974, devastating the local economy, and it was eventually listed for …
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Rachel Waldholz is an environmental reporter based in Brooklyn, New York.