1371 Fairmont Street, Northwest
— African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC —The Drum and Spear Bookstore, founded in 1968 by Charlie Cobb, a former secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, specialized in books written by black authors, and books on Asian, African, and African American subjects. Growing out of DC's Civil Rights/Black Power movement, the store opened just before Black Studies took root as an academic discipline in colleges and universities. At the time only a handful of Afro-centric bookstores operated in this country. Quickly Drum and Spear evolved into a literary haven, where authors such as Toni Morrison and Amiri Baraka browsed the shelves alongside diplomats and students. The store operated from this building until 1974.
|Placed By||Cultural Heritage, DC|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 10:04am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 323844 N 4310407|
|Decimal Degrees||38.92491667, -77.03208333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 55.495', W 77° 1.925'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 55' 29.7" N, 77° 1' 55.5" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2701 14th St NW, Washington DC 20009, US|
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