Longtime California black-owned bookstore closes

(AP)

One of the oldest black-owned bookstores in the nation has been evicted from its longtime home in a San Francisco neighborhood.

The co-owners of Marcus Book Stores in the Fillmore District say the property owner changed the locks to the door after they fell behind on rent payments. The store has been shuttered since Tuesday.

The bookstore, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010, was named after noted black nationalist Marcus Garvey.

Co-owners Tamiko, Greg and Karen Johnson say they have spent a year and half fundraising to buy back the Victorian building where the store is located, but have fallen $750,000 short of the owner’s $2.6 million asking price.

City leaders designated the bookstore’s location a historical landmark earlier this year. But upset black community leaders say the city should offer more assistance.

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