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Marcus Books

Marcus Books has occupied the same Fillmore Street Victorian since 1960, where it has served as a pillar of the black literary community — it's the oldest continuously run black-owned bookstore in the nation. However, financial troubles have pushed the historic bookstore to the brink of closure. A recent fundraiser by the store's owners to help them buy back the Victorian fell short of its goal, and it's not clear how the store will proceed. Although Marcus Books operates a second location in Oakland, we hope that the store won't join the rest of us who've been forced across the bay by rising rents.

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