Daniel Rudd~American Catholic Tribune
THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC TRIBUNE, AND THE PLIGHT OF BLACK CATHOLICS, 1884-1899.
Rudd began his newspaper about 1884 probably in Springfield, Ohio. (2) He had followed his elder brother to Springfield sometime after the Civil War to obtain a secondary-school education. The name of the newspaper that he began was the Ohio State Tribune. Sometime in 1886 Rudd changed the focus of the weekly newspaper in these following words:
We will do what no other paper published by colored men has dared to do-give the great Catholic Church a hearing and show that it is worthy of at least a fair consideration at the hands of our race, being as it is the only place on this Continent where rich and poor, white and black, must drop prejudice at the threshold and go hand in hand to the altar. (3)
Later that year or early the next, the Ohio State Tribune became The American Catholic Tribune, published in Cincinnati with the following words proudly displayed on the editorial page: "The only Catholic Journal owned and published by Colored Men."
The earliest extant copy of the newspaper seems to be the edition of February 18, 1887, published in Cincinnati, volume III no. 13. The numbering indicates that by this time the newspaper was in its third year of existence. On the masthead was indicated the approval of "Cardinal Gibbons, archbishop of Baltimore, the most Reverend Archbishops of Cincinnati and Philadelphia, and the Right Reverend Bishops of Covington, KY., Columbus, OH, Richmond, VA, Vincennes, IN and Wilmington, DE.