Drum and Spear Bookstore Site

Drum and Spear Bookstore Site (HM1M13)

Location: Washington, DC 20009
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.495', W 77° 1.925'

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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.
HM NumberHM1M13
Placed ByCultural Heritage, DC
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Date Added Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 10:04am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323844 N 4310407
Decimal Degrees38.92491667, -77.03208333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.495', W 77° 1.925'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 29.7" N, 77° 1' 55.5" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2701 14th St NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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