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Re: Colored Columns in Local Papers

A column entitled "Colored Notes" appeared in the white newspaper "The Portsmouth Star" (Virginia) beginning in 1924, it was written by Jeffrey T. Wilson (1843-1929). Wilson was a former slave.
http://www.racetimeplace.com/497Projects/2003students/carlos/index.html

Along with wonderful information on individuals and what was going on in the area, he included reminises of events from the past.
Mae Haywood, Pres of AA Historical Society of Portsmouth indexed the articles from 1924. I believe someone else was indexing the rest. The index for 1924 is available the Portsmouth VA Library Website.

http://www.portsmouth-va-public-library.com/local-history-collection/

Examples:

Colored Notes
by J. T. Wilson

Tuesday, Sept 24, 1924
'We are hoping our city authorities will pave or better the conditions of Carroll Street, from Washington to Chestnut or Fort Lane. It is not creditable to a growing city like ours - to the rescue. General Jervey is the, Macedonian cry."

"Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Canaday have the sympathy of friends in the loss of their son Eugene who died Monday in Norfolk. Mr Canaday was once a resident of Portsmouth."

Tuesday, Oct 14, 1924

"George Pearce is suffering from a lacerated hand, injured while chopping firewood. He did not lost a finger.

"One hundred years ago Marquis de Lafayette visited the city. Ye scribe didn't see him, but our mother did. She was a 16 year old girl at the time."

Wilson called himself "ye scribe"

Stacey Adger posted this on Facebook. It is a colored column from the Youngstown (OH) Vindicator, Nov 3, 1939.

Unfortunately, there is no compilation out there (to my knowledge) of mainstream papers that produced such columns as they are a great source for African American research.

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