St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church and Hall -
Aliceanna at Ann Street
This 1889 Gothic style structure replaced an earlier church on the site
and was built to serve the growing Polish community. Next door, Mother
Seton Academy educates children in the original parochial school
building. The Hall around the corner at 1727 Aliceanna Street served as the
1912 strike headquarters for longshoremen. During the strike, AFL
president Samuel Gompers came to the hall and spoke in support of their
demands for unionization. Longshoremen met here again in 1936 to support
a wildcat seamen's strike. The many ethnic churches of Fells Point, like
St. Stanislaus, provided the continuity of language, religion, and
culture to newly arrived immigrants coping with the shock of forging new
lives in a new land.
From A History of Polish Longshoremen & Their Role in the Establishment of a Union at the Port of Baltimore, by Thomas L. Hollowak.