Saint Mary’s Church

Directions to 625 8th St.

Saint Mary’s Church is now home to the New Birth Oakland church, but the building dates back to 1872 and the parish was a major part of neighborhood life for over a century.

The area was once home to immigrants from Italy, Portugal and later Mexico, but large swaths of buildings were taken out to build the Nimitz Freeway (I-880) and later I-980. Many residents and businesses were forced to move, and the area was cut off from the rest of nearby West Oakland.

1942 photo

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