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Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Drum and Spear Bookstore Site

1371 Fairmont Street, Northwest

 

—African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC —

 
Drum and Spear Bookstore Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
1. Drum and Spear Bookstore Site Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by Cultural Heritage, DC.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.495′ N, 77° 1.925′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 14th Street Northwest and Fairmont Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2701 14th St NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Drum and Spear Bookstore Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
2. Drum and Spear Bookstore Site Marker
. Justice vs. Injustice (approx. 0.2 miles away); Campus to Army Camps and Back Again (approx. 0.2 miles away); On the Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Social Justice (approx. ¼ mile away); Mansions, Parks, and People (approx. ¼ mile away); Polish-U.S. Diplomatic Relations (approx. ¼ mile away); Embassy of the Republic of Poland (approx. ¼ mile away); Ambassadors of Faith (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia Heights.
 
Also see . . .  Drum & Spear Bookstore. by Brian Gilmore, Poetry Quarterly, Volume 11, Number 2, Spring 2010. (Submitted on July 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
 
The Drum and Spear Bookstore, 1970. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
3. The Drum and Spear Bookstore, 1970.
Close-up of photo on marker
Columbia Uptown Apartments image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
4. Columbia Uptown Apartments
14th Street and Fairmont Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
5. 14th Street and Fairmont Avenue
Crest Above the Front Door<br>Columbia Uptown image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
6. Crest Above the Front Door
Columbia Uptown
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 28, 2017.
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