POST CIVIL WAR GENERATIONS -THE GREAT WAVE OF MIGRATION OUT OF THE SOUTH LED BLACK MEN TO ALASKA
Officers, apprentices and crew of the sailing ship RATHDOWN photographed in San Francisco after completing a six month voyage around Cape Horn from Belfast.
The Balclutha was renamed Star of Alaska during her years in the Alaskan salmon trade. In 1920, 307 African Americans signed contracts to work in Alaska’s salmon industry and voyaged north aboard the Star of Alaska and other ships like her. These men were part of the early wave of the Great Migration out of the South