Port Chicago named National Park

October 28, 2009 7:27:31 PM PDT
Port Chicago in Contra Costa County is now a national park, under another bill President Obama signed Wednesday.

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The port, in Concord, was the site of an explosion during World War II that killed 320 men, most of them African American. The disaster paved the way for racial integration in the U.S. Navy.

Wednesday's legislation lets the park service build a visitor's center and hire park rangers.

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