Count former State Parks Director Maj. Gen. Tony Jackson (RET, USMC)' KTVU morning anchor Dave Clark, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott and E. Dotson Wilson, Chief Clerk of the California Assembly among the big fans of the California African-American Freedom Trail.

Join John William Templeton, author of Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 and African-Americans in the West for the Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History on a tour of the trail.

Says Wilson, the guardian of the state's laws for the past 25 years:

"John Templeton is a leading historian on African-American history. He is an extraordinary source of information."

Al Williams, President of the S.F. African-American Historical and Cultural Society, says:

"No one is more knowledgable than John Templeton."

One of new Chief Scott's first stops in San Francisco was to join Carol Tatum, president of the S.F. Professional and Business Women's Club and Brice Glenn, the world-famous Silver Man" at our re-enactment of Rev. Henry Highland. Garnet.

Scott had previously been deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in command of the South Bureau.


Documenting 6,000 sites for a National Register nomination requires quarterly mapping expeditions. These are great professional development and team building exercises for travelers, businesses, schools and churches that take in some of California's most scenic places which changing the paradigm of history.  2019 is a particularly significant year to change the timeline of history Click on the date to reserve your seat 

Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Kwanzaa/Emancipation Day

Feb. 21-28 

Book premiere screening of movie Queen Calafia on Black American Day March 5

May 22-29

Tour price  includes lodging and transportation with water and snacks available onboard the spacious bus

COME TO THE WATER: Teaching California Black History Jan. 22-March 5, Learning by Sea and video series

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California State Parks and ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage are teaming for the tenth annual Come to the Water: Teaching California Black Heritage professional development classes beginning at noon in the Aquatic Bathhouse Building on Jan. 15, with continuing sessions each week through Black American Day on March 5.

Concurrently, students around the country will be able to enjoy the California African-American Freedom Trail on ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage through a daily video series Come To the Water: How African-Americans Put California on the Map beginning Jan. 16 that shares our discoveries through our tours.  It's like having Black History Day field trips every day for 48 episodes through May.

There is also a field trip on sea to re-enact the voyages of African-American mariners of the 16th through 19th centuries aboard the Alma, berthed in Aquatic Park, to Candlestick State Park to give students an awareness of the historic role of black sailors in December.

To book the series for your school or to participate in the Leaning by Sea, call John William Templeton at 415-240-3537