Memorial Held for Carol McNeal, Bookstore Owner Who Helped to Recognize the Black Experience

Memorial Held for Carol McNeal, Bookstore Owner Who Helped to Recognize the Black Experience

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A memorial service will be held this week for Carol McNeal, a bookstore owner who died on May 26 at the age of 86. McNeal was the owner of Carol’s Books & Things, a place described as a “library of the black experience and a bridge across the racial divide,” according to the Sacramento Bee.    McNeal had a passion for reading and sought to bring the experience of African Americans to light, her daughter Melba Whitaker said. McNeal told the Sacramento Bee that one of McNeal’s favorite day trips had been driving to the nation’s oldest African-American bookstore, Marcus Books, in San Francisco’s Fillmore …