The Afro Texan Press 

The Early Years




First African American Newspaper in the United States


Freedomís Journal  Online All 103 issues of the Freedom's Journal have been digitized and placed at the Wisconsin Historical Society Website.

The first Negro newspaper in the United States was begun in New York city March 30, 1827. and was called The Journal of Freedom. Its editor was John B.Russworm, a graduate of Dartmouth College. of the class of 1826, perhaps the first Negro to receive a degree from an American institution of learning. Associated with him in the editing was the Rev. Samuel. E. Cornish, a controversialist of no mean powers. This journal had an existence of but three years, and other attempts by Negroes to publish newspapers failed of notable success until Frederick Douglass started The North Star, at Rochester, N. Y, in 1847. The name was subsequently changed to Frederick Douglass's Paper and Mr. Douglass continued it up to the opening of the Civil War. For length of life, extent of circulation, ability of matter contributed and commanding talents of its editor, the publication was one which occupies a conspicuous chapter in the history of Negro journalism.