Surrounded by Freeways
If you look at a map of West Oakland, you’ll see that the entire area is boxed in by freeways. It’s not a coincidence that the rise of these freeways followed the post-World War II “white flight” era. As affluent suburbanites moved out into new developments the government was willing to accommodate their need for a more convenient commute, regardless of how the freeways would affect neighborhoods like Hoover-Foster. Learn about the impact on how being surrounded by freeways impacted the Hoover-Foster neighborhood.
Learn about this African American writer who spent a decade telling stories of Black life and capturing the early history of Black pioneers in the Bay Area from her home in Hoover-Foster.
Hear C.L. Dellums and his daughter, Marva share the history of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) and the union's involvement during the Civil Rights Movement at his neighborhood home.
This YMCA was a major force behind the rise of Black leadership in the community and eventually, the City of Oakland's council and mayoral seat. Hear the story of Josh Rose and the significance of the Northwest YMCA.
You'll notice a vast collection of vibrant and ever-changing art in Hoover-Foster. Just as stories can be passed down through generations by stories and songs, learn how this mural tells the story of the rich legacy of this area.