In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to spotlight some of our Black History newspapers. These papers are either Black-owned or covered news relevant to Black Americans. They chronicled issues including slavery and the Civil Rights Movement and highlighted the struggles and achievements of Black Americans. The collection continues to grow, and we currently have papers dating back to 1822, including the following titles:
- Advocate: Charleston, West Virginia; 1907-1912
- African Expositor: Raleigh, NC; 1886
- Afro-American Citizen: Charleston, SC; 1900
- Afro-American Review: Pittsburg, Kansas; 1915
- Afro-American Review: Salina, Kansas; 1915
- Afro-American Sentinel: Jackson, Tennessee; 1890
- Alabama Citizen: Tuscaloosa, Alabama; 1944-1963
- Alabama Tribune: Montgomery, Alabama; 1946-1964
- American Baptist: Louisville, Kentucky; 1903-1904
- Anti-Slavery Bugle*, Lisbon, Ohio; 1845-1861
- Appeal: St. Paul, Minnesota; 1885-1922
- Atlanta Voice: Atlanta, Georgia; 1969-2021
- Birmingham Mirror: Birmingham, Alabama; 1960-1963
- Black Dispatch: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 1917-1964
- Black Economic Times: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 1997-1998
- Broad Ax: Salt Lake City, Utah; 1895-1922
- Buffalo American: Buffalo, New York; 1920-1926
- Bystander: Des Moines, Iowa; 1894-1921
- California Eagle: Los Angeles, California; 1914-1964
- Cayton’s Weekly: Seattle, Washington; 1917-1920
- Charleston Advocate: Charleston, SC; 1867-1868
- Colored Alabamian: Montgomery, Alabama; 1914
- Colored American: Washington, D.C.; 1899-1904
- Colored Citizen: Helena, Montana; 1894
- Colored Citizen: Montgomery, Alabama; 1884
- Colored Citizen: Wichita, Kansas; 1903
- Colored Radical: Leavenworth, Kansas; 1876
- Concordia Eagle: Vidalia, Louisiana; 1875-1885
- Daily National Era*, Washington, D.C.; 1854-1856
- Dallas Express: Dallas, Texas; 1919-1922
- Denver Star: Denver, Colorado; 1913-1918
- Detroit Tribune: Detroit, Michigan; 1935-1963
- Emancipator: Montgomery, Alabama; 1917-1920
- Freeman’s Lance: Sedan, Kansas; 1891-1909
- Genius of Universal Emancipation*, Greeneville, Tennessee; 1822-1824
- Huntsville Mirror: Huntsville, Alabama; 1952-1965
- Indianapolis Leader: Indianapolis, Indiana; 1879-1882
- Kansas City Sun: Kansas City, Missouri; 1914-1920
- Langston City Herald: Langston, Oklahoma; 1892-1898
- Lexington Standard: Lexington, Kentucky; 1900-1911
- Liberator*, Boston, Massachusetts; 1831-1865
- Maryville Republican: Maryville, Tennessee; 1867-1877
- Nashville Globe: Nashville, Tennessee; 1907-1918
- National Era*, Washington, D.C.; 1850-1860
- Negro Leader: Uniontown, Alabama; 1911-1915
- Negro Star: Wichita, Kansas; 1920-1926
- New Era: Washington, D.C.; 1870
- New National Era: Washington, D.C.; 1870-1874
- New York Age: New York, New York; 1905-1960
- Peoples Elevator: Guthrie, Oklahoma; 1900-1923
- People’s Recorder: Columbia, SC; 1898-1909
- Pioneer Press: Martinsburg, West Virginia; 1911-1917
- Pittsburgh Courier: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 1911-1977
- Press-Forum Weekly: Mobile, Alabama; 1914-1934
- Progress: Omaha, Nebraska; 1890-1891
- Richmond Planet: Richmond, Virginia; 1889-1922
- Seattle Republican: Seattle, Washington; 1896-1913
- Sedalia Weekly Conservator: Sedalia, Missouri; 1903-1908
- Southern Indicator: Columbia, SC; 1913-1922
- Statesman: Denver, Colorado; 1905-1906
- Tampa Bay Times**: St. Petersburg, Florida; 1886-2022
- Topeka Plaindealer: Topeka, Kansas; 1899-1927
- Tulsa Star: Tulsa, Oklahoma; 1913-1921
- Voice of the Negro: Dothan, Alabama; 1914-1915
- Washington Bee: Washington, D.C.; 1882-1912
- Weekly Louisianian: New Orleans, Louisiana; 1870-1882
- Weekly Review: Birmingham, Alabama; 1940-1951
**Black History section
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33 thoughts on “Black History Newspapers”
How did you miss the Chicago Defender? Or are you only spotlighting the ones you have?
It states above “We have papers dating back to 1822, including the following titles:” That sounds like they don’t have it…
Hi Jim, We don’t have the Defender but hope to in the future.
Sadly, historical Chicago Defender pages have apparently disappeared entirely from online databases. They were once available (by subscription) along with a free online index–all gone now. What a big step backward for Black History research!
The Chicago Defender is only available through academic libraries.
Thank you so much for the spotlight on African-American (A.A.) newspapers at Newspapers.com! These newspapers provide critical information for those researching our family history and migration trails from the South.
I hope you can see the subscribers are ready and waiting for more A.A. newspapers. I sure hope you are successful in adding the Chicago Defender and Arkansas State Press. BTW, where is the adorable picture from with the A.A. youngsters on the roof of the country store? It reminds me of my Arkansas roots.
Newspapers.com is an essential source for uploading genealogical research onto the Ancestry.Com database. Please find a way of acquiring more Historic Black Newspapers such as the Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel and L.A Tribune, etc because although you can find them on other online platforms, the cost becomes so unnecessary and you can’t upload articles onto your ancestry family tree for future reference. Black Newspapers covered the Black Communities they served while White Newspapers usually ignored Black communities unless there was bad news to report, in the old days. Yet both served a purpose, for I have been able to discover family secrets that were never past down as well as confirming family achievements that I felt were embellished. So please make an effort to get more newspapers on newspapers.com because it is essential for historic research.
Why are they charging to see a news paper?
I was surprised that they only listed one newspaper for New Orleans when there were so many more. In fact, I got curious after seeing only the one listing and decided to research Black newspapers in Louisiana and found many, many more historical newspapers listed here:
Hello, this list is not a complete list of Black History newspapers – just some of those in our archives. We continue to add to the collection so hopefully, we can add more content from New Orleans in the future.
Okay, good to know. Thanks!
Is the North Star – Rochester NY (1848+/-) available?
No longer published, but the collection of 1847 to 1874 are available here: https://www.loc.gov/collections/frederick-douglass-newspapers/about-this-collection/
Haha, yes, I know it is no longer published. I was wondering if any of the years just before or after 1848 (1847-1849) were available to be read on here. Thank you for your answer and the link!!
What papers do you have for Jackson Mississippi or Mississippi counties in general?
So glad for this information! Now, I can COMPLETLY RECEIVE News I can use!!
The fact you don’t have Daisy Bates Paper the Arkansas State Press or The Christian Recorder is…
How could you miss the Philadelphia Tribune, one of the oldest black own Newspapers?
Please try to find and publish the Chicago Conservator. Only a few numbers seem to be available from libraries and the national archive. Surely more were saved somewhere! You will find Alexander Clark, Ferdinand Barnett, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and more.
Dan Clark, Board Member, Alexander Clark Foundation, Muscatine, Iowa
No Baltimore Afro American newspaper?
This seems like a great opportunity for black history history buffs to share history and enjoy. Too much complaining and not enough sharing of black history.
The Philadelphia Independent is still being published.
Thank you for sharing these African American newspapers. Please include more papers throughout the year.
Reaching Black History is difficult and we need all the help you can get. Thank you.
The North Star, Rochester, New York, by abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
Founded December 3, 1847
Ceased publication: June 1, 1851
You list “Broad Ax: Salt Lake City, Utah; 1895-1922.” It should be noted that the Broad Ax had a Chicago version with news of Chicago.
Will there be an opportunity (5 days) to have free access to the library of articles in the Black History newspapers? Many of these Black Newspaper were not accessible during the recent free 5-day access window. Thanks!
Will there ever be a time when Newspapers.com will be included in our Ancestry.com subscription?
Liberia was founded by African American Freedman and therefore should be considered an extension of AA History. Please make an effort to include Liberia’s oldest newspapers such as The Liberian Herald as well as the American Colonization Society Repository, the main newspaper organ of that organization during the 19th century. Freedoms Journal was the first African American newspaper and their owners or members of their families also emigrated to Liberia, so for Historic research I am hoping you can acquire these newspapers as well.
Generations of my family lived in Texas, Arkansas as well as California. The lack of Black newspapers from these states on Newspapers. Com has hindered my genealogical research, especially dealing with Obituaries, Weddings, as well as achievements. I realize you are making great strides in your acquisitions but please realize that these papers are an essential item in uploading family history online.
How did you miss The Facts Seattle Washington. Their slogan was : The truth is good but the facts is better .
Indianapolis Indiana’s black paper was The Recorder, please add.
Very important information, I have benefited from this, thanks for the information
I’m doing my husband and myself family tree, and was wondering if anyone in the Hamlet, North Carolina ares Dobbins Height was the North yard. If they have any pictures of Mr. William M. David and Mrs. Clellar A. David and their children. The Ellerbe family lived near the highway 77, Minnie Ellerbe, Thomas Ellerbe and their family. Rebecca (Ellerbe) Hampton was one of their daughters. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You can use my e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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