A Faction in Venice Is Trying to Stop a Former Black Church From Becoming a Mansion

The large, midcentury A-frame building on Westminster Avenue that once housed the First Baptist Church of Venice is a shell of its former self. Nestled in Venice’s Oakwood neighborhood, an area once populated by black workers barred by affluent whites from purchasing property elsewhere in the beach community, the church existed in one form or another for 108 years. Today, the structure the congregation occupied from 1968 until just last year sits vacant and boarded up as some members of...

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