Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall (HM1D9K)

Location: Oakland, CA 94607 Alameda County
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N 37° 48.391', W 122° 17.732'

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Built in 1877, Liberty Hall embodies the many layers of West Oakland history. It is an outstanding example of mid-Victorian commercial architecture, with octagonal turrets, ornamental brackets and window hoods. It was operated as the Western Market by its original owner Harry A. Zeiss, who lived upstairs, and later by another German family, that of Johan Breiling. Early West Oakland was famed as a "melting pot" with large, strong ethnic communities, among them German, Irish, Italian, Portuguese, Slavic, and African-American. In 1925 Oakland Branch No. 188 of Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) bought the market building and renamed it Liberty Hall after their headquarters in Harlem. The largest mass movement of African-Americans in history, the UNIA had over 1.000 chapters in 40 countries. In Oakland its membership grew to over 500. Garvey believed African-Americans could achieve economic power by owning their businesses. In the mid-1930s Liberty Hall was used by the Peace Mission of Father Divine, an African-American minister who organized 160 mission throughout the country. The Oakland Peace Mission offered Depression-era banquets for a few pennies per meal, a dormitory, and a furniture repair shop in the now demolished stable. The movement began to decline after the start of World War II, but the Oakland branch was listed in the telephone directory at this location until 1956. From the closing of the Peace Mission until the early 1970s, Liberty Hall was occupied by several African-American churches. By 1985 it was abandoned and scheduled to be demolished. Through the vision and leadership of Sister Pat Sears, CSJ, Sister Joanna Bramble, CSJ and many others, Jubilee West bought and renovated Liberty Hall to house its services to the neighborhood. It became an Oakland Landmark in 1987 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
HM NumberHM1D9K
Marker Number107
Placed ByOakland Heritage Alliance
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 11:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 562012 N 4184581
Decimal Degrees37.80651667, -122.29553333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 48.391', W 122° 17.732'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 48' 23.46" N, 122° 17' 43.92" W
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Area Code(s)510, 559, 415, 925, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1485 8th St, Oakland CA 94607, US
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