The Colored American, A National Negro Newspaper

In Honor of Black History Month 2014

The Colored American, A National Newspaper, 1900, Library of Congress

Headline Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Below is information about The Colored American Newspaper, courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America database jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities:

The Colored American began publishing in 1893 under the ownership of Edward Elder Cooper, who had distinguished himself as the founder of the Indianapolis Freeman, the first illustrated African American newspaper. The Colored American operated its presses at 459 C Street in Washington’s northwest quadrant. The weekly publication promoted itself as a national Negro newspaper and it carried lengthy feature stories on the achievements of African Americans across the country. Publisher Cooper relied on contributions from such prominent black journalists such as John E. Bruce and Richard W. Thompson to sustain the national scope of his paper, which readers could obtain for a $2.00 annual subscription.

The Colored American included a regular column called “City Paragraphs” that highlighted events in the nation’s capital and routinely featured articles on religion, politics, education, military affairs, and black fraternal organizations. The paper distinguished itself by…READ MORE.

Selections from The Colored American Newspaper:

Uncle Sam Look Behind You, American Prejudice, 1901

The Negro American Exhibit at Paris Exposition 1900

Butler’s Department Stores, Mr. C. Augustus Butler, Annapolis, MD

Hart Farm School, Prof. W.H.H. Hart

William H. Moss, ESQ, An Enterprising Bostonian

Booker T. Washington (Quote, Illustration)

Music in the Schools, Miss Harriett Gibbs, Washington, D.C.


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About C. Rae White

I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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2 Responses to The Colored American, A National Negro Newspaper

  1. Great find C. Rae. Just goes to show we have so much history we have yet to uncover.

  2. C. Rae White says:

    It’s amazing! Our history is so vast and deep!

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