African American Newspapers Forum
Re: Childrens Death 1876
In Response To: Childrens Death 1876 ()
You never can tell if there is an article on an event, unless of course it is the sinking of the Titanic or something. You just need to locate a newspaper in the area, get your hands on it, and look. Newspapers of this era are not going to be easy to read as they will not be organized like those of the 21st century, and the chances of noteworthy news of blacks in an area is hit or miss.
I did a search on the website Chronicling America and it shows 3 newspapers in existence at that time. (See the link below) There is also a black newspaper out of Alexandria called the People's Advocate that has issues that exist for most of 1876.
My ancestors migrated from Pittsylvania County in the 1880s to Illinois. Not sure if you have ever seen the testimony of blacks concerning the Danville Riot of 1883, but if interested go to my website: http://www.blackcoalminerheritage.net/danville_va_riot_project.html
As a matter of habit, and sound research technique, I always contact the local library to see what they have--often you can be pleasantly surprised when it comes to a collection of newspaper clippings or an index of deaths compiled from a local paper.
Good luck, and if you have any followup questions, ask.