Marin City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Marin County, California, United States. Marin City was developed for housing starting in 1942, to accommodate war-time shipyard workers and other immigrants to California. After the war, the area became predominantly African-American, as white residents were able to move freely to private housing elsewhere in Marin. The population in 2010 was 2,666.
Marin City's socioeconomic and racial makeup contrasts with the mostly wealthy and white populations in Marin County. In 2004 the community had high levels of poverty, crime, and recreational drug use. Marin City began to enjoy a new found celebrity in the 90's due to it being the home of rapper Tupac Shakur.
Many of the African American shipyard laborers who had migrated from the Southern U.S. ended up living permanently in Marin City either by choice or because many black families not allowed to live or buy homes in the towns surrounding Marin City due to racism. They became the core of the community when most of the other guest laborers departed at the end of the war. During the war, African Americans comprised about 10% of Marin City's population. By the 1970s, African Americans comprised over three quarters of the population of Marin City, most of whom traced their roots to the Marinship laborers.
Writer Anne Lamott lived in Marin City during the time she was writing Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year. Although white, she felt welcomed by a mostly-black community that didn't mind her being a single mother.
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A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Star's Barbeque - Category: Barbeque - 160 Donahue St
Marin City, CA 94965 Marin County (415) 332-0139
Cornerstone Community Church of God in Christ - 626 Drake Avenue - Marin City, CA (415) 332-4295 - (visit website)
Village Baptist Church - 825 Drake Avenue - Marin City, CA (415) 987-6498 - (visit website)
Annual Blues & Soul Party in the Park - Held every Labor Day in Marin City and
free to the general public. 271 Drake Avenue, Marin City, CA 94965 (415) 332-8316
This a traditional affair conceived by various individuals whose common goal is to preserve the “History of the Roots of Blues and Soul Music, in addition to supporting music education for youth in Marin County.”
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