the bayview project: ikr volume 5

what attracted thousands of african americans to migrate to san francisco’s historic bayview hunters point neighborhood during the early 1940s? where did they come from? how were their lives transformed upon reaching the docks of the bay? this new ikr volume of oral histories explores and answers these questions and offers a legacy of rare stories for the next generation.

The Bayview-Hunters Point Oral History Project is a multi-format digital story collection of oral histories of longtime residents of San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. Produced by the Museum of the African Diaspora’s “I’ve Known Rivers” Story Project, this new volume of shareable (Sound Cloud) stories offers a rare glimpse of the pioneering African American residents who built their lives in the neighborhood during the Second Great Migration (1940-1970) of African Americans from the South to urban cities in the North, Midwest and West. Here in California, many folks settled in the Bayview, which offered a sunny climate and attractive jobs in the ship building industry for folks who dreamed of brighter futures for themselves and their children.

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I’ve Known Rivers (IKR): The MoAD Stories Project, now in its seventh year, is designed to collect, document, publish, produce, and archive "first voice" digital narratives about people of African descent in our community and around the world. This new collection is an effort to preserve the stories from early African American pioneers in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood and pass on the legacy of self-determination to a new generation.

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This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit