Not Just a Water Tower

Not Just a Water Tower (HM2GR4)

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N 37° 49.647', W 122° 25.407'

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A Message to the World

The Alcatraz water tower is one of the most visible landmarks in San Francisco Bay. As such, it was an ideal place for American Indians who occupied the island to broadcast their message of "peace and freedom" to the world. Standing on each other's shoulders to paint the letters, they stked their claim to the island.

The 19 month protest from 1969 to 1971 became the longest occupation of Federal land in US history, and is credited with launching a national American Indian civil rights movement. When the National Park Service (NPS) restored the water tower in 2012, original occupiers and family members were invited to repaint the historic message. The NPS continues to work with the occupiers to restore their inscriptions around the island.
HM NumberHM2GR4
Placed ByGolden Gate National Recreation Area, National Park Service
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Date Added Monday, May 13th, 2019 at 11:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 550738 N 4186827
Decimal Degrees37.82745000, -122.42345000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 49.647', W 122° 25.407'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 49' 38.82" N, 122° 25' 24.42" W
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