John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish, debut Freedom’s Journal, the nation’s first Black American newspaper, in New York City.
1827 (Mar 16)
Two Black Americans, John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish, began publication of Freedom's Journal, the nation's pioneer Black American newspaper, in New York City. The paper was not very successful, and two years later Cornish began a second publication, the militant Rights of All, which also was short-lived. In 1836, Cornish published Weekly Advocate and the following year co-edited the Colored American. Most of the Black American newspapers founded before the Civil War were principally abolitionist propaganda sheets, with Frederick Douglass' North Star being the most successful.