To commemorate Black History Month, the news teams from Oakland North and our sibling site, Richmond Confidential, spent a morning observing some of the spaces in our two cities that have been important to the East Bay’s black community—past and present.
With notebooks and cameras in hand, our reporters scattered to 14 sites. Each person sat quietly for one hour, capturing the scene and speaking with anyone who happened across their path.
We chose an ordinary Monday in February, starting at 11 am. Nothing special was planned for this time: no marches, no community breakfasts, no classes, no meetings—none of the big events that helped put these spots on history’s map. Instead, it was just a moment to appreciate how these spaces are woven into the fabric of the East Bay and how they remain a part of each city’s changing landscape.
Use the map below to see where each site is located in Oakland or Richmond, and the slider below it to scroll through the historic spots you can explore.
You can also click the links below to learn about each site.
Easter Hill United Methodist Church by Alex Nieves
DeFremery Park by Caron Creighton
The Nevin Community Center by Abené Clayton
Merritt College original site by Alexa Hornbeck
Marcus Books by Salina Nasir
Marina Park by Josh Slowiczek
It’s All Good Bakery by Hyowon Lihinag-Tam
Zella’s Soulful Kitchen by Jailyn Anderson
Remember Them monument by Annabell Brockhues
Huey P. Newton’s murder scene by Vianey Alderete
Alem’s Coffee by Alondra De La Cruz
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church by Alicia Medina
Oakstop by Saemmool Lee
Oakland City Hall plaza by Luis Hernandez