7th annual Home Front festival celebrates Richmond’s cultural history

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The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center is closed due to the government shutdown, but Ford Point buzzed with activity Saturday, as hundreds of people attended Richmond’s 7th annual Home Front Festival at the Craneway Pavilion. The cavernous former factory was filled with games, information booths, and a stage where bands performed throughout the day. The festival was a celebration of Richmond’s contribution to the World War II effort, and the day’s events included a reunion of Rosie the Riveters — women who did heavy manufacturing work during the war.

Pictured: Mary Torres, 90, of San Leandro, strikes a Rosie the Riveter pose at the 7th annual Home Front Festival in Richmond. Torres worked as a welder in the Oakland shipyards during the war effort. (Photo by: Mark Andrew Boyer)


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