Created 190 years ago in New York City, the Freedom’s Journal was the first African American owned and operated newspaper. Onder “newspaper” moet je in dit geval echter niet een dagelijkse krant verstaan, het was immers eigenlijk een weekblad.

In 1827 slavery was abolished in the state of New York, making way for black abolitionists to continue fighting for equality. Historians do not know exactly how the paper was formed and funded. According to Wikipedia the newspaper was founded by Peter Williams, Jr. and other leading free blacks in New York City. Anyway, it is known that a group of community leaders held a meeting to discuss the injustice that African Americans endured each day. In attendance of this meeting were Reverend Samuel E.Cornish (left) and John Brown Russwurm (right). Reverenced Cornish ran a mission in New York and Russwurm was an abolitionist and one of the first blacks to graduate from college. These two men came together and created the Freedom’s Journal in the hopes of fighting for anti-racism of blacks and the elevation of man. Cornish and Russwurm published the first edition of the Freedom’s Journal on March 16, 1827.

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