April L. Harris

Academic Historian

April L. Harris is an adjunct professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Philosophy, Humanities and Religion at Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California.  She has co-authored a number of articles on Student Success Models and presented extensively on African American community, life and history.  Her research includes examinations of the Underground Railroad, the Harlem Renaissance and the westward migrations of African Americans, particularly during World War II.  This native of Marin City, California is preparing to defend her dissertation, Education on the Underground Railroad in New York State (1850-1870) at Syracuse University.  She lives in Kelseyville, California with her son, Jeremy.

Fillmore District, San Francisco

San Francisco’s Fillmore District Image Courtesy of Lianne Milton Although Third Baptist Church, the first black church of San Francisco, was established in 1852 in the Fillmore District, located west of downtown San Francisco, this historic area has been the home to a number of … Read MoreFillmore District, San Francisco

Marin City, California (1942- )

In 1940, Marin City did not exist. During World War II, however, the W.A. Bechtel Company of San Francisco was given the contract to construct transport vessels for the U.S. Navy. It created Marinship, which during World War II built nearly 100 liberty ships and … Read MoreMarin City, California (1942- )