Richmond waterfront venue welcomes immigrants as newest Americans

Richmond waterfront venue welcomes immigrants as newest Americans
By Robert Rogers
Contra Costa Times
Posted:   03/06/2013

Seventy-five men and women from 33 countries became American citizens in the hourlong ceremony at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Homefront National Historical Park. Over 250 people, many family members and friends, were on hand for the big moment, which was held in the Craneway Pavilion, a renovated former auto assembly and World War II defense plant that looks across the bay to San Francisco.

This was the first naturalization ceremony held at the Richmond waterfront site, which was selected this year to coincide with International Women's Month, Rummery said. The Richmond shipyards were the site of great gains in employment and social change for women and minorities during World War II, as labor shortages opened new opportunities for previously overlooked groups.

Tuesday's keynote speaker was Betty Reid-Soskin, 91, who worked as a union clerk in the East Bay during the war and is the nation's oldest active National Park Service ranger.


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